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Headspace: Mindful Meditation

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Practical meditation for adults and kids; hefty price.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try, Free Health & Fitness
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Great app - but expensive with horrible customer service

Used the app for over two years - in the middle of my renewed subscription ($100 annual) when the app stated that I didn't have a valid subscription. Two weeks of emails and requests with no response. The company has no phone support and doesn't answer emails There are other apps that do the same thing for less money or free.
age 9+

Worth a try

I did not pay the extra money for this app, but I think It would def be worth it. The meditation exercises are relaxing and step by step tell you what to do.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This app makes meditation accessible, modern, and practical. From suggestions on how to sit while meditating to specific sessions for everyday moments -- getting out of bed, walking, eating -- Headspace: Mindful Meditation takes a calm, relaxed approach to bringing calm relaxation into the lives of adults and kids. That said, for some younger kids who need visual cues, this app may not be as effective as other meditation or breathing apps that use images to slow down breathing, focus the eyes, and calm kids. Also, the one-minute meditations for kids go by so quickly that they may lose any usefulness. The free, introductory 10-minute sessions may be a good way to test whether you and your kid like the app's methods enough to purchase a subscription; however, the kid-focused meditations are somewhat different from the free intro meditations. Of course, how effective it is will depend solely on if and how regularly users take the time to sit and listen. The app's creator suggests finding a specific time and place to use the app daily and setting the in-app reminders to improve chances you'll create a habit. Also, since the price is prohibitive to many, parents could use the app for a month or two and then try to keep the habit going without the subscription.

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