5 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Find serenity via sound after setting rules for in-app buys.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how using guided meditation can promote healthy calm and reduce stress. While this is not an educational app, using it to relax can help kids practice the skill of calming themselves with support.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Select a meditation scene, tap play, listen.

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Some meditations are free. Extended meditations are shown along with free versions but are available only via in-app purchase. There's an Other Apps tab within the app that promotes the developers' other apps that leads directly to the App Store when tapped.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 5 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation is a very simple app that uses music, sound effects, and guided visualizations to create calm. Some meditations are free while others require in-app purchase and vary in length from five minutes to more than 10 minutes. Meditation settings include Tropical Island, Japanese Garden, Private Yacht, Distant Storm, and four more. Though it's not made specifically for kids, it's fine for them to use with guidance, especially around the in-app purchases. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use 5 MINUTE ESCAPES - GUIDED MEDITATION & RELAXATION, tap on one of the "Escapes" and choose the Short, Medium, or Long version (some are only available via in-app purchase). Tap the Play icon and sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Is it any good?

These serene audio scenes can bring calm to stressed minds and bodies, but parents with younger kids may want to set rules for in-app purchases first. 5 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation includes a variety of options for calming scenes, from a Greek fishing village on a summer morning to the sound of rain and thunder from a distant storm. The soothing sound effects, music, and calming voice lead the listener through guided meditations of varying lengths. Since it's not created with kids in mind, there's no instruction or parent gate on purchases. Before using with younger kids, parents may want to set rules and introduce meditation first, so kids know what they're doing and why. Also, if using meditation around bedtime is helpful but you don't want devices in the bedroom, kids can use the app in a common space before hitting the sack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when it may be helpful to use a guided meditation such as the ones found in 5 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation. What are some scenarios in your teen's life that create anxiety and agitation? When do they find it difficult to relax? When would relaxation be useful? Before studying? Before bedtime?

  • Ask which meditation scene they like best and why: Are there ways to incorporate similar aspects of that serene scene in your schedule, your home, or even your room?

  • Talk about your rules for in-app purchases. Can kids buy more content? If so, how much?

App details

For kids who love meditation and feelings

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