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App review: ‘Flipd – Keep Focused,’ fun, effective tool for wellness, productivity, and tech-life balance

Parents need to know that "Flipd – Keep Focused" is a productivity app that promotes wellness by offering users mindfulness resources and a tool to track time spent in their area of focus. A step-by-step tutorial, which can be accessed at any time under the Explore section, walks kids through using the app and taking advantage of its features. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

"Flipd – Keep Focused" is designed to promote productivity and wellness. The app has three distinct components; the "Flipd off" time tracker, the community groups, and the wellness hub. The app offers some categories, like study, sleep, work, or Flipd 180, and suggests goal time for each. Users can also create their own category. Select a category and track time spent on task. Tapping on the "break" button pauses the session and the X on the top left corner ends the session. The tool allows kids to track "time well spent." Through the community groups, kids can connect and unplug with others who are working towards similar goals. There are several study groups with specific foci. The creator of the group determines the focus and meeting times. Members are able to compete with others in the group; spending more time "Flipd off" and on-task moves members of the group up in rank. The wellness hub gives users access to a collection of more than thirty mindfulness resources including therapeutic sounds, guided meditations, podcasts, pep talks, and more. The personal profile houses the app's settings, but also offers links to perks and exclusive discounts to a variety of merchants in addition to blogs about productivity, education, and guides on using the app. There's a messaging feature that allows users to connect directly with "Flipd – Keep Focused" for help, support, and a list of tips.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

Unplug from distracting social media or game apps and promote tech-life balance, productivity, and mindfulness using this easy to navigate and comprehensive digital tool. "Flipd – Keep Focused" uses technology to monitor time spent unplugged, off social media and downloadable apps, and spent on wellness, work, study, exercise or other activities. It's a handy tool for those looking for motivation to lock away distracting apps on their device and support tracking their time unplugged.

Kids will find competing with other productive minded folk fun and motivating. Although it's an option to join groups with members you don't know, kids can create their own community group and invite friends to spend time unplugged and focused on their school work. They'll be able to see how much "time well spent" they're racking up compared to friends. "Flipd – Keep Focused" also promotes wellness practices beyond breathing exercises and guided meditation. The free version of the app gives enough access to get a taste of what the wellness hub offers and start practicing, but membership is required to unlock the full collection and other features. Overall, it's a fun tool that provides resources and helps kids and grownups work towards tech-life balance.

RATING AND CONTENT

Recommended for ages 13 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Educational value: 3 out of 5

Ease of play: 5 out of 5

Violence: 0 out of 5

Sex: 0 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5

Consumerism: 3 out of 5

APP DETAILS

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Price: Free (Offers in-app purchases ranging from $5.99 – $29.99.)

Release date: May 13, 2019

Category: Productivity

Size: 137.40 MB

Publisher: Flipd Inc.

Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up

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