Parents' Guide to

Charge Running

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Live remote runs encourage fitness; best used indoors.

App iPhone , iPod Touch Free to try Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

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 teens and young adults. If you're child is able to run alone outside (or on a treadmill), you can rest assured they are safe with Charge. With Charge, they get live group fitness classes, and the opportunity to interact with certified fitness professionals. We do our best to make sure that everyone is running safely, and teach them about proper running techniques to avoid injury. Every trainer has gone through personal screening by at least three people, and qualified to coach and help your children. Our mission is to make running more fun and approachable for any age group. Starting proper fitness habits early in life is one of the best things that we can teach our children, and Charge Running is committed to doing whatever we can to make it easier for the next generation.

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Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch
  • Subjects: Hobbies : sports
  • Skills: Self-Direction : achieving goals, motivation, Health & Fitness : exercise, movement
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (free two week trial then $9.99/year)
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Zwiffer
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 12, 2019

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