Three Websites to Increase Your Teen's Productivity
Three Websites to Increase Your Teen's Productivity

by Heidi Raker

It is no secret that teens are a super tech-savvy generation.

The internet is a powerful tool and has become a part of their everyday lives. Truth is, many are addicted to their phone, tablet and laptop screens. They have been exposed to the internet and various forms of technology for as long as they can remember. According to a study from the Pew Research Center, 92% of teens are online daily, with 24% admitting they are online “almost constantly.”

From smartphone apps to social media, blogs and video games, there are plenty of distractions that may hinder your teen from being productive in day-to-day activities. Time online can be easily wasted. Five hours can go by and all that has been accomplished was scrolling through Facebook a few times and binge-watching episodes on Netflix.

Whether it’s creating time to finish up homework assignments or jump-starting a health or fitness routine, the Internet can be used in more productive ways. Your teen can develop and boost their time management skills and learn how to minimize distractions. Here are three websites that will help increase your teen’s productivity:

Tomato Timer

Taking a break is much needed when your teen is working away on multiple assignments and concentrating long and hard on something particular. However, it is easy to get distracted during break time. Fifteen minutes can easily turn into two hours of procrastination. Tomato Timer lets you select a short break (5 minutes), long break (10 minutes) or pomodoro (25 minutes). After the duration of the break time has passed, Tomato Timer will let you know with a ring and desktop notification.

Spark Teens

Is your teen looking to live a healthier lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start? Spark Teens is a free online community that motivates teens to eat healthier and get in shape. Users can interact with each other through message boards and support teams and set daily goals to track their progress. There are nutrition and fitness tools provided such as healthy recipes and meal plans, calorie counters, workout programs and exercise demos.  


Whether your teen needs to memorize a chapter’s worth of foreign language vocabulary or review for their big biology midterm, Anki makes studying seem like a walk in the park. Long gone are the days of scribbling on index cards and having them scattered all over your desk. You can download Anki for your laptop or smartphone and have digital flashcards of your teen’s study material right on your screen. Your teen can have images, videos and equations imported to the digital flashcard to make studying much more visual.

It’s easy to lose track of time while surfing the web. From excelling academically to setting personal goals, these three websites will help increase your teen’s productivity and help them use the internet more wisely. Your teen will develop skills such as time management, goal setting and how to ultimately increase their daily productivity- making your job a lot easier!


Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.

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