Parents' Guide to

Time Timer

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Easy, customizable timing in a handy tool.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Good self-discipline tool for those who are ALREADY self-disciplined

Okay, this is what I picture (with the names changed to protect the distracted): Mom: Hey, Johnny, here's my phone to time you doing your homework! You can try to get your homework done in 30 minutes and beat the clock! Johnny: Cool! Thanks, Mom! (20 minutes later) Mom: Johnny, how's that homework coming? Did the timer help you manage your time? Johnny: Uh, well, I just thought I'd take a little break from my homework and play Angry Birds on your phone. I guess I got a little distracted. Mom: Darn that colorful Time Timer! I'm thinking that if your child is easily distracted and tends to dawdle, the Time Timer would be good in theory but not in practice. If your child is very self-disciplined, they might be able to resist the allure of the shiny phone with the timer, but then they wouldn't really need it. (If you can lock everything BUT the Time Timer, it might work. But then again, my kids would probably spend the 30 minutes playing with the timer settings.

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Has your kid ever grumbled when asked to do something, then changed their response to excitement when you add, "I'll time you"? Now you can time them doing all sorts of things -- homework, reading, time-outs between siblings, bedtime routine -- with this practical, useful tool that can help adults and kids with time management. Once users create their timer(s), the app runs very smoothly. It's quite self-explanatory, and there are a number of prompts for new users. Just make sure your device's settings are on "awake" mode, so it doesn't enter sleep mode and that battery life isn't low, which could cause it to shut down. If you or your kid needs help staying on task, TIME TIMER could become one of those essential apps you use multiple times a day.

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