Analyze Your Tone with ToneMeter

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It can be harder to gauge our tone when communicating electronically rather than in-person. To keep communication productive, however, it helps to be aware of how statements could be interpreted by other people.

ToneMeter helps parents anticipate how the tone of their message, or note created with a Moment, could be received by flagging statements that may be perceived as emotionally charged. This gives them the opportunity to modify the message before pressing send. 

ToneMeter is an optional add-on to your OFW subscription. Learn how to add ToneMeter to your account. 

In this tutorial:

 

Using ToneMeter™

You can get immediate feedback from the ToneMeter tool when composing a message, or when adding a note to a Check-In or a Moment. 

Using ToneMeter™ for Messages

ToneMeter™ for Messages

You can get immediate feedback from the ToneMeter tool when composing a message. To do so, start by following the initial steps to compose a new message. Next,

  1. Locate the ToneMeter™ icon. It will be located in the black bar at the bottom of the box in which you will compose your message. 
    1. If ToneMeter™ is not currently enabled for your account and you click this icon, a message will pop up in which you can request more information about ToneMeter™ or click 'Continue' to go back to composing a message without ToneMeter™.
  2. Click the ToneMeter™ icon to review its analysis of your message.
    1. If those bars are colored red, that means that ToneMeter™ has detected a phrase or wording within your message that it perceives as being emotionally-charged. Any flagged statements will be listed below the icon after it is tapped.
    2. If no statements are flagged, a 'No Results' message will be displayed instead. 
  3. If desired, update the flagged statements and re-run the ToneMeter analysis by tapping the icon again.

Note: ToneMeter does not prevent you from sending a message with flagged statements. Parents can still send messages despite any results returned by the ToneMeter tool. 

 
Using ToneMeter™ for Check-Ins and Moments

ToneMeter™ for Moments

You can also receive feedback from ToneMeter™ when drafting a note within new Moments within the OFW Journal feature. To do so, start by following the steps to create a new Moment. Next,

  1. Locate the ToneMeter™ icon. It will be located in the grey bar below the section in which you compose your note. It looks like four signal-strength bars. 
    1. If ToneMeter™ is not currently enabled for your account and you click this icon, a message will pop up in which you can request more information about ToneMeter™ or tap 'Continue' to go back to composing the Moment without ToneMeter™.
  2. Tap the ToneMeter™ icon to review its analysis of the note within your Check-In or Moment.
    1. If those bars are colored red, that means that ToneMeter™ has detected a phrase or wording within your note that it perceives as being emotionally-charged. Any flagged statements will be listed below the icon after it is tapped.
    2. If no statements are flagged, a 'No Results' message will be displayed instead. 
  3. If desired, update the flagged statements and re-run the ToneMeter analysis by tapping the icon again.

Note: ToneMeter does not prevent you from creating a Moment with flagged statements. Parents can still create Moments despite any results returned by the ToneMeter tool. 

 
Verifying ToneMeter™ in your Account

Verifying Your ToneMeter Add-On

If you're unsure whether or not you have ToneMeter on your account, you can verify by doing the following. 

  1. In the main navigation menu, click My Account.
  2. On the Overview page of your My Account section, look within the box that describes your subscription status and details. Specifically, look within the row with information about ToneMeter™.
    1. If ToneMeter™ is active on your account, you will see a message that says "Premium Service Active". 

If you wish to add ToneMeter to your account, sign in through the website and follow these instructions.