By Ana Beltran,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Self-improvement via podcasts and journaling for teens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
The app encourages habits of mind, such as goal setting, prioritizing, focus, and reflection. The tools help teens practice mindfulness as well as build skills to cope and navigate through different emotions and experiences common during the teenage years.
Ease of Play
The interface is user friendly and straightforward to navigate.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The app offers podcasts that address love, relationships, and heartbreak.
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What’s It About?
Teens use their email or phone number to register for ATLAS CO. When they create an account, they can also add their school's information, which allows the app to send relevant content. The app is organized into five sections designed to help teens build self-awareness, practice reflection, manage interpersonal relationships, and set goals. A daily routine guides teens through listening to a brief, targeted podcast, and then set daily goals and a challenge, and record self-reflections. The library tab offers a collection of podcasts with practical advice and perspective on high interest subjects such as college admission, as well as sounds tracks to promote better sleep. In the create journal tab, kids record what's on their mind through text, photos, or mood tagging. The journal library tab allows kids to browse previous entries. An Atlas Social tab is still in the works, but teens can invite friends to join.
Is It Any Good?
These user-friendly wellness tools can help teens navigate the unique challenges of adolescence by promoting reflection, self-awareness, self-advocacy, goal setting, and other healthy habits. Atlas Co blends age-appropriate advice with opportunities to express thoughts and feelings in one easy-to-use platform. The daily routine will push teens to actually make goal setting and reflection part of their day and it encourages prioritization and accountability. Teens can express themselves through writing, tagging their mood, or adding photos, which makes the journaling experience more dynamic. In addition to promoting reflection and self-awareness, some of the writing prompts also encourage empathy and perspective. For example, teens may be asked to consider what their parents worried about when they were young and the type of advice they would have found useful. Short, yet powerful and effective podcasts offer practical advice, such as asking for an extension when feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork. In fact, throughout the app teens find sound advice on how to manage stress, handle rejection, and deal with fake friends or feelings of frustration with parents. Atlas Co taps into the benefits of journaling and provides teens with targeted tools that promote mental and emotional wellness.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the benefits of journaling when using Atlas Co. Recording ideas, feelings, and experiences can help relieve stress, promote reflection, increase self-awareness, and inspire creativity. It can also help keep thoughts organized and track progress towards achieving goals.
Talk about the importance of sleep for performance and health. Explore how the app's sleep focused features can be used to relax and help the mind drift into sound sleep.
Connect with your kids on and off the screen. Use Atlas Co, movies, or other shared media to spark conversation about what's on your kid's mind - If they're willing to share. Or, connect through shared activities, stories about what you struggled with as a teen, family rituals, or ask them to teach you about what excites them. Remember to let your kids take the lead!
- Device: Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 14, 2020
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Topics: High School
- Publisher: Atlas Mental Health Inc.
- Version: 5.29
- Minimum software requirements: Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: May 11, 2022
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