A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
XOOLOO DIGITAL COACH FOR TEENS is a tool that lets parents set boundaries for teens' device use and lets teens track their own device use. Parents and teens can tune the app's notification settings, but its default settings show the user's overall device use time on the home screen whenever the device wakes from sleep. Within the app, you can see the total time spent using each app, and teens can also see apps and sites that parents have restricted. The app offers encouraging feedback messages encouraging kids to stay on track and to use their time wisely. Parents can view, monitor, and restrict their teens' use either through using the device with their kids or through their own adult login through a companion app or through the developer's website.
Is it any good?
With lots of on-screen notifications about how you've used your time, this app does a nice job of helping teens get a clear sense of how they've used their devices, but there are privacy concerns. Although this is ultimately a tool for monitoring how teens use their tablets or phones, XooLoo Digital Coach for teens feels more like an invitation to a conversation than a sneaky way to spy on kids. Showing teens exactly how much time they've spent using each app is a developmentally appropriate way for teens to start learning to think about the way they use technology and self-monitor a little more effectively.
However, using this app requires some privacy settings that can feel alarming: To make the app track usage, you have to make it an administrator on your device, which may be more than some parents are willing to do, whether it helps their kids become more mindful tech users or not. Still, with some good context set by parents, this app could be a helpful way for parents and their kids to have an ongoing conversation about productive ways to use their devices.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about using devices in balance with other activities. How much time is OK in your family? When is it OK to use devices, and when are devices off-limits? Can an app like XooLoo Digital Coach help set limits?
Several apps help parents track kids' screen time. Though conversations are best, there are lots of services parents can try if they wish.
- Device: Android
- Skills: Self-Direction: goal-setting, self-reflection, set objectives, time management
Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 22, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 1.20 MB
- Version: 2.5.14
- Minimum software requirements: Android 4.0.3 and up
For kids who love social networking and time management
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