Charge Running

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Live remote runs encourage fitness; best used indoors.

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age 12+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about the importance of fitness and how running can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Personal encouragement from trainers during the live runs is especially motivating. Tracking pace and distance is a good way for kids to learn about progress with fitness goals. If kids use the app with a smartwatch, they can also learn how heart rate is monitored and why tracking this is part of many exercise routines.

Ease of Play

The design is clean and simple, and navigating is very easy.

Violence
Sex
Language

As with any live-streaming product, language can't be censored, so use awareness. 

Consumerism

The developers advertise this as a free app, but the free trial only lasts two weeks. After that, an annual subscription must be bought.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Charge Running is an exercise app that hosts daily live runs led by athletic trainers. Each run allows multiple users to join, which can be a fun way to participate in a group fitness class. When location access is turned on, trainers can access a runner's current and average pace as well as distance traveled. Headphones are required, which, along with all that is going on during the run, can be a major distraction. For this reason, the app is best used indoors on a treadmill. There are also some privacy concerns since the runs share information such as profile names, cities, and photographs. Talk with kids about the importance of maintaining a generic profile. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Parent Written byMatthew K. February 9, 2018

Continues to focus on teens

I'm Matthew, the co-founder and CEO of Charge Running. When we set out to build this app over a year ago, we always kept the goal of being friendly to teen... Continue reading

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What's it about?

CHARGE RUNNING is very straightforward: Users create a profile, which can simply include a first name. There's also the option to add a city and state, a profile photo, and a link to social media. A calendar icon shows the upcoming schedule for live runs. Here, kids can tap on a run to view a brief description, see how many people are signed up for the run, and sign up if they wish. When it's time to start the run, kids tap Start and are prompted to choose Indoors, Outdoors, or Observer. Then a trainer greets people as they join and leads the run with music and words of encouragement. There is also a leaderboard on the screen so kids can see where they rank within the group. If location access is turned on, kids (and trainers) can view pace and total distance traveled. Additional features include the ability to view trainer profiles and track heart rate during runs with the use of a smartwatch.

Is it any good?

The concept of live virtual runs is innovative and can be a fun way for kids to stay active, but there are some privacy and safety concerns. When trainers talk with runners by name, it personalizes the experience, and kids likely will feel that they're part of a fitness group. However, kids should never share their location or other personal information with strangers, so Charge Running only works for kids if they opt out of location sharing and only provide the bare minimum in their profiles. Also, there's a lot of opportunity for distraction, so it's safest if kids use it indoors so they don't have to be as aware of their surroundings. So long as kids can use the app responsibly, it would be a nice addition to a fitness routine or a great way for kids to get into running.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying safe when running with a live group while using Charge Running. Make sure kids keep their profiles as generic as possible, and let them know that they should run indoors on a treadmill instead of outside.

  • Work with kids to set fitness goals. Start with one run per week and increase to two or three within a few months. Talk about the importance of healthy eating as part of any fitness goal.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Subjects: Hobbies: sports
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, motivation
    Health & Fitness: exercise, movement
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try (Free two week trial, and then $9.99/year)
  • Subscription price: $9.99/year
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 62.70 MB
  • Publisher: Zwiffer
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later

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