WakeMe Social Alarm Clock

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Video-based alarm and task reminders need adult oversight.

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Educational Value

Can just be a fun, social way for others to interact or a reminder to wake up in the morning or do specific tasks. Send a personalized video as an alarm or reminder to do a specific task. 

Ease of Play

Recommended for ages 13+. Login requires an email and basic information. It can take some time to configure the settings to include a friend, but once set up, it's easy to set an alarm and film a video to be shared with a friend.


Friends could send videos with violent content, but none in app itself.


Friends could send videos with sexual content, but none in app itself.


Friends could send videos with swearing, but none in app itself.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WakeMe Social Alarm Clock is a social networking app for the iPhone and iPad that allows friends to send personalized videos to each other, on certain dates and times, which serve as an alarm or a reminder. After logging in to the app, users set alarms for a certain date and time and then connect with a friend to ask them to send a personalized video or a picture to them for their alarm. The app is recommended for ages 13+, but with some planning ahead, parents could use the app to send video reminders to their kids at predetermined times of the day to help keep track of assignments, sports, activities, and chores. Teens will need to be cautious of sharing personal information because users can connect with anyone who has a registered username in the app. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

The WAKEME SOCIAL ALARM CLOCK is an innovative app that wakes people up for the day or reminds them to do certain activities at a specific time through the use of shared videos and pictures. To sign up for the free app, users will need to be older than 13, have a valid email address, and create a username. In the profile settings, real names can be included, as well as a brief bio and a photo. It's simple to add a friend in the app when searching by username, and teens can also add friends from contacts. Users can set a basic music alarm, but they aren't able to create video alerts for themselves; they'll have to request them from others. When setting the alarm, users can include notes as well. As a backup, music plays along with the alarm in case the video isn't loud enough. For the app to work properly, teens should be aware that in the settings they must first allow notifications and keep the app open. There's also a snooze feature, but it can't be customized for a specific timeframe. 

Is it any good?

Teens often struggle with waking up on time or staying on top of tasks -- especially teens with attention issues -- so this app may be helpful, but more settings would boost its safety and usefulness. Creating personalized videos and sending photos in the alarm could help some teens wake up with less frustration, leading to a happier, positive, and more productive day. If you want to use WakeMe Social Alarm Clock with kids, you'll absolutely need to monitor who your kid is adding as a friend, since there's no way to prevent adding strangers. It's also inconvenient that you need to keep the app open for it to work, especially since some kids are eager to find loopholes. However, with some planning, practice, and oversight, this app could serve as a helpful way to keep kids and adults on time and on task without the need for any in-person reminders.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how WakeMe Social Alarm Clock can help kids who request frequent reminders for events and activities to be more independent. Encourage kids to send you a request for a certain timeframe, indicate in the notes what the reminder is for, and then send a personalized video message or photo.

  • Talk about managing schedules. If you're tired of trying to wake the kids up in the morning and being their personal alarm clock, a video might be the way to help them wake up with less drama.  What else could you include in your video to start the day off in a positive way? Would an inspirational quote or a photo work?

  • Use of this app as an alarm clock will require that kids have their device in their room, possibly unattended. This might not be best for all kids. What are your rules for device use at home? Does using this app violate those rules?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, initiative, motivation, personal growth, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
    Emotional Development: moving beyond obstacles, self-awareness
    Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 14, 2017
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Topics: High School
  • Size: 93.70 MB
  • Publisher: Hyperapptive, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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For kids who love time management and staying focused

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