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At a Glance: 4 Smartphone Solutions to Keep Your Teen Organized

By Amanda Morin

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Is your teen always running late? Does she forget which books to bring home or when assignments are due? Help her harness the organizational power of her smartphone.

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At a Glance: 4 Smartphone Solutions to Keep Your Teen Organized

If your teen is forgetful or disorganized, a smartphone can be a great tool to help her stay on top of everything. Here are four ways your child’s phone can help her stay organized.

1. Smartphone, take a note.
Evernote, a free app for iPhone and Android, can help your teen consolidate information that might otherwise end up on scraps of paper that are easy to lose. Using this simple notepad app, your teen can jot down instructions, directions and even where she parked the car.

2. Smartphone, what am I doing today?
Your teen can use the calendar on her smartphone to keep track of events, appointments and due dates. She can also use to-do or reminder apps, like Wunderlist or Remember the Milk, to make lists that can be organized by task, time and location. All these apps can text or email reminders to your child’s phone.

3. Smartphone, don’t let me forget.
One of the simplest smartphone features to keep your teen organized is the alarm. Your teen can set alarms to go off at certain times. An alarm going off is less subtle a reminder than email alerts or texts, but it’s a surefire way to get your child’s attention!

4. Smartphone, help me focus.
If your teen tends to get lost in her own thoughts, apps like IntervalMinder can play chimes at regular intervals to help her refocus.
Graphic of 4 smartphone solutions to keep your teen organized
Graphic of 4 smartphone solutions to keep your teen organized

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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Jessica Millstone, Ed.M., M.P.S. Jun 02, 2014 Jun 02, 2014

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