Lumosity

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Stick with this site for a good brain workout -- for a fee.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to train their brains. With practice, kids can improve speed, mental flexibility, and concentration. It's fun, a little addictive, and kids will want to keep playing to beat their previous scores. Some games, like Lost in Migration, help with concentration, increasing productivity, and avoiding distraction over time. Kids also have the opportunity to explore the science behind the brain games. While they don't teach a specific subject, these mental workouts will keep the brain active and agile. Kids aren't necessarily learning something new here, but sharpening abilities. 

 

 

 

 

Positive Messages

Learning the lifelong skill of keeping the brain active will help keep kids focused through future years of school and work.

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Consumerism

Paid membership is the only way to get the full experience from Lumosity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lumosity offers games and activities that improve memory, attention, and problem solving. Its cognitive training activities are designed for use by all ages, but it's probably going to be most helpful for older kids who can stick with the program over time. Free access is limited to just a few games, while paid access (starting at $5/month per person) gives kids access to over 30 games, plus additional resources. Lumosity also has family plans that start at $8.33/month for up to 5 family members.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byschoolanduniversity. December 3, 2012
Adult Written byeweequahic February 7, 2016

Brain Games are Fun but Not Transferable to Academic Contexts

All of these brain trainers seem to be based on tasks found in computerized neurocognitive batteries. So, if you use a batter as a baseline, then play games bas... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaljaber.h May 20, 2014

What's it about?

Lumosity is a brain training program that uses games and exercises to improve memory, attention, and processing skills. Based on extensive scientific and neurological studies, Lumosity helps people use their brains to the highest potential, and makes getting there fun for kids and adults alike.

Is it any good?

It's no wonder that Lumosity is used by over 25 million people. Its activities are comprehensive and they make it simple to get started with a training program. Best of all, it's fun. The daily program lasts between 10-15 minutes, and goes quickly when kids are super-focused on the games (they all require some serious concentration!). Kids will love watching their skills improve, and parents will be thrilled that Lumosity's games are anything but time-wasters. Using Lumosity, kids won't just be improving game scores, but also improving brain function across the board, making things like homework and focusing in class a little easier.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it takes practice to improve on any skill, including brain function. Kids may get frustrated with their progress as they continue to play the games, which is a great time to talk about patience and the learning process.

  • Families can discuss the importance of keeping the brain agile and healthy, just like the rest of the body.

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For kids who love learning and exploring

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