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Focus Keeper Pro

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Customizable timer helps kids stay focused on tasks longer.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to chunk and manage their time which could positively impact their learning potential.

Ease of Play

The timer itself is super easy-to-use, even for young kids. Just slide the numbers on the scale back and forth and hit the play button to start the timer. Many options and accessories are a bit more confusing and should be left to adults to set.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Focus Keeper Pro is a timer app. The use of a timer can help some kids (and adults) learn to focus for longer periods of time to improve their overall productivity. Not only can you set the timer to go off after a certain period of time with different alert sounds, but also there are many ways to customize the background screen color for the timer. A variety of ticking sounds can be used to play during the work session, which might be helpful to some but distracting to others. Time for breaks can be built-in, too. Data lovers are able to set goals and track their focus sessions through charts. There is a free version of the app, but it does not include any of the customizable features for the timer. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

The FOCUS KEEPER PRO app offers users a strategy to help stay focused on tasks, leading to more productivity. Options included in the app are adjustable lengths of the timer, with an option to also include breaks. Some people enjoy background noises while working and there are 13 background sound options, that include choices such as a clock ticking, steam, cafe noise, rain, fast ticking, and music. In addition, there are 15 alarm options such as chimes, a bicycle, bells, cymbals, news, whistle, jingles, beeps, and the sound of a meowing kitten. The background color of the timer can be chosen from a color picker with endless options. Aside from the actual timer with numbers that count backwards down to zero, there is a visual option at the bottom of the screen, where part of the circle disappears, in a counter clockwise fashion, which is a great option for kids who don't understand the concent of numbers. For teachers or parents who might be wondering if the timer is effective and who need data to support their interventions, there is an option to show data over the course of a month, as to how many focus sessions were successfully completed. 

Is it any good?

This timer, used in large or small increments, can really help motivate kids to sustain their attention for periods of time and learn to manage their time. Parents may need to use some trial and error with the customizable features to make sure the visual and auditory features are helpful and not distracting. But for those struggling to complete activities because of ADHD or other attention issues, Focus Keeper Pro is certainly worth a try if it can help boost a child's confidence, independence, and productivity throughout their day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Focus Keeper Pro could help kids sustain their attention on activities, especially if they are tasks that they don't love, like homework or chores. What are some of the reasons you use a timer at home now? How can a timer like this help you manage your time?

  • For competitive kids, timers can be a great way to motivate them to get their work done, but for other kids timers could cause a lot of anxiety. How do timers usually make you feel? What are ways to make them work for you?

  • Talk about how they may feel more empowered by having a choice of the features, which could help their willingness to participate. What features do you want to adjust? Why does it help to be able to customize features?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, motivation, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 7, 2014
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 34.30 MB
  • Publisher: Pixo Incorporation
  • Version: 1.9.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later

For kids who love time management and easier morning routines

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