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Jinglow

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Create free, personalized playlists for meditation.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Dozens of opportunities to use breathing exercises, white noise, guided meditations to reduce stress, improve mindfulness for people of all ages. Kids will need guidance from parents if choosing to use mindfulness meditations.

Ease of Play

After a bit of trial and error to first download songs from the store into the app, for those familiar with accessing music and playlists, app is pretty easy to navigate. Kids likely won't seek out meditation on their own, will probably need guidance.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jinglow is a mindfulness app that offers access to guided meditations and melodies that may help reduce stress and improve overall well-being. For people who struggle with sleeping and focusing their attention, there are dozens of options in the app that include uplifting music, white noise, and ambient sounds. Users can also choose to record personalized sayings and mantras, set to music. A mixer provides the option to pair affirmations with preferred music. The meditations and songs are all free but will need to be downloaded from the "store" inside the app to the individual playlist. Since the app wasn't designed specifically for kids, the guided meditations offer more adult topics like making more money; kids will likely benefit most from recorded sounds and personalized playlists. Note that the user experience is best on the iPhone, not the iPad. 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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What's it about?

JINGLOW is a free app that offers access to guided meditations and calming music. After launching the app, head to the store where you will find sessions and melodies. Sessions include different categories that can be used for meditations and mental wellness. Guided meditations range in length from 5 to 45 minutes. Each meditation has a different focus, including sessions on improving self-love and self-confidence, weight loss, attracting money, improving loving kindness, and promoting mental wellness, as well as movement and breathing techniques. A short preview that includes a few seconds of each session is available in the store. However, the entire sessions do need to be downloaded from the store into the personalized library within the app for use. From the library, meditations and music can be organized into different playlists. Personalized recordings can be made within the app and set to music from the store to create unique meditations. Even if users are not ready for guided meditations, some benefit from white noise, and listening to calming music might help reduce stress and improve well-being. The app includes access to a lot of free music. There are upbeat sounds that include electronic and electric music, classical music, synthesized music, and even acoustic options. White noise choices include nature sounds and other repetitive sounds, like helicopter blades. 

Is it any good?

This app offers a tremendous number of free options that may ultimately help people improve their overall well-being through the use of guided meditations and listening to calming music. While Jinglow is listed as an iPad app, the user experience is much better on the iPhone. The previews of the meditations and the sounds are really short, so the only way to get a true sense of the meditation is to download it and participate in it. The guided meditations are really meant for older teens and adults, given that they include more mature content on how to make more money and lose weight. But the best option within the app is the ability to create personalized meditations. Kids may enjoy listening to their parents or family members telling or reading their favorite stories to music, or offering words of wisdom and support. This app can even be used for kids and adults who need white noise options to help their sleep at home or when traveling. While listening to meditations and affirmations is not for everyone, this app is an excellent free resource to help those who need it find a unique strategy for calming down and improve well-being.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how there are many ways to reduce stress throughout the day, which might include listening to meditations and positive affirmations, like the ones in Jinglow. What are some favorite quotes or passages in your family that could be recorded into the app for use?

  • When is there a good time of the day to engage in meditation practices? What kinds of activities could this help make easier? Is it helpful to use before studying or taking a test?

App details

For kids who love meditation and health

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