COVID Coach

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Excellent for wellness; not just for COVID-19 or veterans.

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Educational Value

Teaches mindfulness practices to help with anxiety, relationships, sleep, and overall mental health.

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So much content it can be a bit overwhelming. Use favorites tool to manage.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that COVID Coach is a tool for reflection, guided-meditations, and other wellness activities created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Though the VA develops apps to encourage self-care -- particularly for those struggling with PTSD -- anyone, of any age, can use these exercises. The suggestions and resources are targeted to COVID-related challenges but are relevant for handling stress at any time. No log in or account-creation is requested. Kids can save reflections, images, words, and ideas within the app on the device, and they can set push notifications to remind them to complete exercises or check in on the app. There are some links to third-party resources and websites. The app is text-based; parents of younger kids should expect to use COVID Coach together. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTiny TJ March 10, 2021

Really Useful

Really useful and has loads of cool features, etc. I really recommend this!

I say 10+ because I don't really think younger kids would understand the app e...

What's it about?

COVID COACH's interface is divided into four sections: Manage Stress, Mood Check, Learn, and Find Resources. Tap and swipe through them to find what interests you and create a list of favorites. You can browse Manage Stress by challenge or by tool. Challenges include handling anger and irritability, navigating relationships, feeling lonely, and others. Tools include guided meditations as well as inspiring quotes, ideas for indoor activities, and sleep tools. Learn has information about staying physically safe and emotionally sound during the pandemic. Mood Check has guides for setting goals, tracking well-being, and more. Find Resources includes links to local and national COVID-19 information as well as links for substance abuse, crisis support including suicide prevention hotlines, and services to help with financial needs. The parents and caregivers section links to articles helpful in guiding children through the pandemic.

Is it any good?

Don't let the name or the creator sway you from this rich wellness resource packed with tools for mindfulness, self-awareness, relationships, and goal-setting -- as well as COVID-19 information. Though it includes helpful information for mental health during the Coronavirus quarantine and tips for vets, COVID Coach is easily relevant for anyone at any time. Users can navigate by section, but swiping also takes kids to the next section, which makes it super easy to poke around. Lots of cross-links are included, so the journey isn't linear at all, allowing kids to freely move where they need. COVID Coach works well as a screen-based tool, but also has ideas for offscreen activities to entertain the whole family and keep everyone grounded. It wasn't developed specifically with kids in mind as users. Though the graphics and interface are clean and look great, it's not exactly exciting or fun for kids. Despite that, COVID Coach has potential to be a golden resource for kids and parents alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can use COVID Coach to help spark discussion, process emotions, and overcome challenges during quarantine - or at any time. 

  • Try the sleep tools or muscle relaxations for kids having trouble adjusting to varied sleep schedules.

  • Talk to your kids about how they're feeling. What's it like for them to have to stay home all the time? What or who do they miss the most? Share your own thoughts and experiences with them too.

  • Browse through COVID Coach with your kids and look for activities that you can do together as a family. What suggestions or exercises interest your kids the most? Why?

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For kids who love meditation and mental health

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