App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Appealing meditation and relaxation for all ages.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Self-awareness, manage stress through meditation. Personal growth, stress reduction, motivation, body and emotions awareness.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Clean user interface gives meditation, music, and sleep story options, lengths of time for each. Progress tracker shows daily streaks and total time spent meditating with the app.

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Sexy Stuff

Subscription is $12.99/month or $59.99/year. Purchase options accessible through the app for calming products and gifting the app. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Calm is a subscription-based app that promotes relaxation through meditations, sleep stories, nature images, and sounds. The guided meditations give users choices in topic (calming anxiety, deep sleep, forgiveness, gratitude, and more), length of time (from three to 25 minutes), and nature scenes. There's a Calm Kids section of meditations that helps kids learn calming techniques like belly breaths and loving kindness, as well as sleep stories for kids 3 and up. Some Calm content is suitable for kids as young as 3, but parents will need to help younger kids use the app. Users can set a daily reminder and view their streaks and number of total meditation minutes. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDTwigg October 22, 2018

Underhanded billing practices.

They lure you in by offering a "free" 7 day trial. If you don't cancel before the end of the trial they automatically bill you $59.99 for a years... Continue reading
Adult Written byMartyferry November 18, 2018

Overbilled. No effective way to contact them.

Calm goes out of its way to make it impossible to contact an
actual human being when you have a problem or question. I’ve been going back and forth for weeks.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2020

The Sleep Stories Always make me fall asleep

You can tell how good of a story it is when you fall asleep whenever while listening. For some of the younger kids I would recommend some supervision for younge... Continue reading

What's it about?

To use CALM, first download the app for the free trial period and create a user profile. Tap Meditate to view guided and unguided meditation options (check out Calm Kids to access the kid-centric options). Choose an individual session and tap Start Session to begin. In the Music section, you can choose instrumental music options, and in the Sleep section, you have access to the sleep stories. Tap the mountain icon in the top right to choose from more than 30 nature scenes with relaxing sounds. After you've used it for awhile, you can track your use and share your progress on social media.

Is it any good?

This app provides ways to relax and focus for newbies, regular meditators, visual and auditory processors, preschoolers, teens, and adults. After subscribing to Calm, explore the many options so you're familiar with what's available before the stressful moment, sleepless night, or challenging homework session comes upon you or your kid. Track daily streaks and total minutes meditated, share goals with friends on social media, and connect with Apple Health. Develop the habit of tapping into Calm daily and encouraging your teen or kid to do the same, and the hefty subscription price ($12.99/month or $59.99/year) may pay off with greater serenity and focus. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to choose the best meditation for your or your kid's current mood or need. From a focus meditation to a relaxing sleep story, Calm has guided support for many feelings and situations.

  • Developing a consistent meditation practice can be useful for stress management. Talk about how to use Calm's daily streaks and total minutes meditated trackers for motivation. How does meditation help when you feel stressed? Is it fun to track your progress?

  • If kids have difficulty falling asleep, encourage them to choose and listen to a Calm sleep story. Do the stories help you fall asleep? What else helps you get to sleep at night?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love meditation and focus

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