Forest: Stay Focused, Be Present
Tweens and teens who have trouble putting down digital devices may benefit from Forest. Kids start by clicking into the app to start growing a virtual tree. As the tree grows, the app displays messages like “Put down your phone” and “Leave me alone!” If kids leave their device alone, the tree grows. But if kids exit the app—for instance, to check text messages or social media—the tree dies. Kids can share their “forests” with their friends, which can generate friendly competition around putting down the phone.
Issues: Attention, hyperactivity, time management
Price: Free for Android, $1.99 for iOS
Available for: Android, iOS