Stop Go!

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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No-frills stoplight timer may help transitions.

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Educational Value

With Stop Go! kids can learn important self-regulating and time-management skills. The app is designed as a visual timer that counts down and builds in a transition or warning time. Stop Go! helps kids manage their own time spent on activities while giving a visual reminder of when to move on.

Ease of Play

Stop Go! is a self-explanatory timer app, though it is difficult to adjust the timer once it's started. Time is adjusted in increments of five seconds.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stop Go! is designed to help kids regulate time spent on specific activities. It's especially helpful for kids who need support with executive-functioning skills. Parents or kids set the time limit for each colored light and press start. The screen will show the correlating light and a timer in the corner to indicate how much time is left. Stop Go! might be helpful in timing a brain break or time-out, since it has a built-in transition time. It's difficult to stop the timer once it's started, which might cause some considerable frustration for kids using it on their own.

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What's it about?

STOP GO! users set a time for each colored light. The app timer is in the bottom left of the screen while the red, yellow, or green light is on. As each timer runs out, the next color lights up. The STOP GO! lights follow a stoplight pattern and can transition from red to green or green to red. 

Is it any good?

Stop Go! has the potential to help kids who struggle to manage their time by giving them a visual cue. The transition from green to yellow to red may help kids prepare for a transition of activities, be more aware of time limits, or help moderate emotions. However, watching time run out may cause some level of anxiety at first.

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  • Families can talk about how time effects emotion. Ask your kid about feelings at the end of each activity: Was there enough time to complete the task? Should the timer be adjusted next time? Help your kid name the emotions associated with the lights to extend time-management concepts beyond use of the app.

  • Ask your kid to predict how long certain activities will take. Was the prediction right?

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