A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
BFT - BEAR FOCUS TIMER uses the Pomodoro method to help kids focus. The idea is that if kids work on a task for concrete lengths of time with short breaks, they'll maximize focus. The app allows kids (or parents) to set the length of focus and short break time. They also set the number of focus sessions and a long break time. BFT - Bear Focus Timer also has several white noise options such as water, wind, rain, fire, and night sounds. The alert for breaks can vibrate, chirp, and/or blink a notification light on the device. When kids successfully complete a focus session, the bear congratulates them.
Is it any good?
While many focus apps have the potential for distraction, this one is streamlined and simple, allowing kids to pay attention to their work rather than their timer. The simplicity of BFT - Bear Focus Timer is refreshing, without any gamification. It's cute, but it's just a timer. The addition of optional white noise is ideal for kids who need some sort of background noise to help with concentrate or tune out ambient sounds. The one flaw with the black and white design is that it can be difficult to see the play button as it blends in with the bear's fur. Families who are looking for ways to help kids stay on task will find BFT - Bear Focus Timer to be a solid option.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about focus. Other than using a timer like BFT - Bear Focus Timer, what are some things you can do to increase your focus? What things in your environment impact your ability to focus?
Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why, or why not? What can you learn?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, personal growth, time management, working efficiently
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $0.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 18, 2018
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 52.60 MB
- Publisher: IDEAMP Co.,Ltd.
- Version: 1.9.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
Our editors recommend
For kids who love time-management and apps to stay focused
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