Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Help charities through walking, running, and biking.

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Educational Value

Though there are no learning goals or explicit instructions in the app, kids can learn perseverance and consistency as they work to achieve personal fitness goals. Kids can also learn how their personal goals can help others and build more positive communities.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use, with a simple three-step process: Select a charity, select your activity, begin to walk, and tap stop when your exercise is complete. Tap your profile to view total miles, sessions, and charities you've funded.

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Every time you begin a session, the corporation that's funding your donation is mentioned. You can also earn Walgreens Balance Rewards Points if you connect your Charity Miles account with a Walgreens account. Charity Miles has promotional shirts and other items for sale via the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker is a free mileage tracker app that donates money to charities based on the number of miles you walk, run, or bike. Users choose the charity they'll be moving for during each session, based on a list of more than 40 well-known charities, such as the ASPCA, Stand Up to Cancer, World Wildlife Fund, Girls on the Run, and Special Olympics. Earn up to 10 cents per mile for biking and 25 cents per mile for walking or running. You can accumulate miles solo or with others -- family, friends, coworkers -- as part of a team. Money for the donations comes from the app's corporate sponsors (including Humana and MasterCard). Note that the app tracks and collects your location and shares your email address with the charities you select. Though younger kids could use this app, it's best to use an adult's email address and for kids to use it with an adult. See the app's privacy policy to read more about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To get started with CHARITY MILES - RUNNING & WALKING DISTANCE TRACKER, sign up with Facebook or a personal email address. Enable location, motion detection, and notifications. Select a charity from the extensive list and start moving. The process of starting the app each time you walk, bike, or run is easy: Select a charity, select your activity, and begin to move. GPS tracking begins instantly. Tap "Stop" when your exercise is complete, and share via social media, if desired. Tap your profile to view total miles, sessions, and the charities you've funded. You can also set reminders for yourself.

Is it any good?

This app is a terrific tool for teens and adults to turn their fitness goals into community service as they earn donations for national charities. Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker may inspire teens and adults to get moving, or it can give people already in motion a larger purpose to their fitness routines. Being able to choose charities from a long list of well-known, national nonprofit organizations and watching how far you've walked, how many sessions you've used the app, and how much money has been raised for each group is really motivating. This app exemplifies the credo "The best way to reach your goals is to help others reach theirs."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the charities your teen chooses. Check out each charity's website to find out the ways they spend donations and who benefits. Find and compare their ratings on a charity watchdog site.

  • Talk about how goals can often benefit both yourself and other people. Besides fitness goals, what are some other goals (academic, ecological, financial) that can benefit you and others?

  • Give your teen some reminders about safety when walking, running or biking outdoors: Always let an adult know your route, use reflective gear if you're out at dawn, dusk, or dark, and so on.

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