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Screen time lessons

It’s not often you come across an app that actively encourages you not to use it. But this one aims to teach kids about how much “screen time” is too much and does just that. The two-part app is an interactive e-book and game that offers parents an educational tool and a simple, fun game to teach kids about learning to step back from the screen.

It offers the story of two young brothers – Ash and Ollie – who share their experiences balancing digital and real-world play, as well as their frustrations with their parents over the limits they place on screen time. (The app advises half-hour stints, at most.) Throughout the short, narrated e-book, kids can tap to collect hidden objects that help them in the app’s game, Rocket Racer. The game is simple and fun – an easy tap-to-navigate game that asks kids to collect stars and avoid clouds on the way – and parents will be happy to hear that they can set their own time limits for how long it goes on, to reinforce the lessons from the book.

Free, for iOS and Android devices.

– Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post

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