unGlue Kids

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Limiting screen time second to learning healthy balance.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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

Educational Value

Time management, decision-making, and self-awareness. As kids begin to note their daily screen time and time spent on offscreen activities (which earns more screen time), they can learn the benefits of using technology in balance with other activities.

Ease of Play

Very easy for parents and kids to use, although nearly as easy for kids to remove from their phone.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Premium version ($7 per month if paid annually or $9.99 per individual month) promoted on parent app/website.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that unGlue Kids is a kids app that links with a parent app to record and limit the amount of time your kid spends on screens. unGlue Kids can track social media, apps, videos, and games, all known by the app as overall "Entertainment Time." Parents set the daily time allotted on the parent app (unGlue), and kids can view how much time they've used, earn more time by completing preset chores or offscreen activities that parents approve, and bank unused time from one day to the next. Parents can also turn off their kid's internet access completely via the app. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 14, and 15-year-old Written byMackenzie H. November 29, 2020

Is defunct

Based on reviews in the PlayStore as well as my own experience, the app is no longer. The website has been taken down and the app does not allow users to create... Continue reading
Adult Written byVictor1366 September 30, 2019

Complete JUNK

my 15 year old runs circles around it, can completely manipulate. consumer assistance in NON EXISTENT and NO REFUND POLICY.
Teen, 14 years old Written bykid1234 August 31, 2019

Bad Parenting

Just a warning- If you’re a parent, your kid will hate you for this. My parents got me this app over two years ago and it’s useless. I disabled it after a few m... Continue reading

What's it about?

To use UNGLUE KIDS, first download unGlue, the companion parent app, and set up a parent account. Set up your child's account with name, age, and grade level. Choose the "Entertainment Time" limit per day. Then set up your child's "Time Bank Limits" and "Internet Time" (hours the internet is available each day). Watch the parent video to explain how to talk to your kid about using unGlue. Then have your kid walk through the setup process on unGlue Kids. The two apps will connect, and unGlue will begin to track your kid's time.

Is it any good?

Though using tech to fight tech often backfires, this pair of apps can serve more as a learning tool with the right parent involvement. If parents present it more as a way for the whole family to have healthy habits -- and parents walk the walk as role models -- unGlue can help kids become aware of how much time they're spending on various forms of media and learn to balance their time. By earning screen time with offscreen activities like reading and chores, kids are rewarded for doing other positive activities while they're earning something that this app restricts: more screen time. Of course, any tech-savvy kids can likely get around unGlue, and any parent in a pinch may bend the rules to add more time under pressure. For unGlue to work well, parents will likely need to reinforce why family rules around media consumption are important and get kids on board with open dialogue, and walk the fine line between being consistent yet flexible with their kids' screen time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how unGlue can help your kid become more aware of how they spend their screen time. Reviewing how much time they spend daily with various forms of media may surprise some kids.

  • Read Common Sense Media's Screen Time parent concerns to learn more about setting guidelines that work for your family.

  • Any tech-savvy kids can likely get around unGlue, if they so choose. Talk to your kid about why it's important to respect family rules and not try to foil the digital tools -- such as content filters or app's like unGlue -- that you as a parent find important for them to have in place.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love time management and offscreen activities

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