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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn important time-management techniques, including limiting screen time and actively engaging in real-time experiences. By accumulating larger forests, kids can easily see their increased time spent engaging in various activities, and they can practice working without distractions. Once users accumulate 2,500 coins, the developer will make a donation of a live tree to Trees for the Future, which roots the app even more deeply in the real world. For kids, teens, and grown-ups who are ready to fight phone distraction, Forest: Stay focused, be present is a helpful tool with appealing incentives.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The visual representation of time as a growing tree is creative and beautiful, and the rewards for successfully staying off your mobile device may entice kids and teens to do it independently. For kids who may feel the need to constantly check on the progress of their tree or kids who add distracting apps to their "approved" list, it may backfire; however, for kids who are motivated by the reward system provided, it may be a great introduction to time management and beginning the conversation of balancing technology and real-world experiences. As if that wasn't reason enough to use it, the connection with the Trees for the Future initiative doubles the positive effects of putting down mobile devices: the ability to reflect on how kids' time is spent and having a lasting impact on sustainable farms in developing countries.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.