A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Products & Purchases
Premium version ($7 per month if paid annually or $9.99 per individual month) promoted on parent app/website.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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.