Will a new 'sleep app' help teens understand the benefits of switching off their gadgets?
A new sleep app has been launched aimed at teens to help them understand the importance of getting enough sleep and switching off their gadgets. It records their sleep patterns which is then used to build a 'track' for a game. More details here http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/04/11/channel-4-education-and-chunk-let-teens-turn-their-sleep-game-new-app Would love to hear views on what you think of the app and whether you feel teens will not just engage with this but whether it is likely to change their gaming habits?
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In all seriousness, I think many adults should be paying attention to this alongside any teens. I do worry about sleep. I suffer frequent bouts of pretty bad insomnia yet often display poor decision-making (checking emails last thing at night, watching box sets in bed, drinking too much caffeine and so on) so I can't judge those supposedly less mature than myself!
My eldest is 11, so just below the age you ask about but I do think the gamification and competitive elements could appeal to her. I think that all these ideas are valid, but (and I say this taking a long, hard look in the mirror!) what's probably more important is leading by example and making bedrooms a no-screen zone...