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Meeka's Secret

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Lovely story gently takes on tough topic; needs supports.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn from Meeka's experience after a stranger touch made him feel uncomfortable. They'll see that when Meeka eventually agrees to tell his parents what happened, they help him and make him feel better. Kids follow Meeka as he first feels ashamed and then empowered.

Ease of Play

It's easy to tap through the ebook page by page, but there are no other navigation tools.

Violence & Scariness

Though the story describes a sexual assault, it is very stylized and does not feel violent, though there are some potentially frightening moments of conflict and a narrow escape.

Sexy Stuff

There's discussion of a bug's wings being its private parts.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Meeka's Secret is an ebook developed in conjunction with child psychologists that addresses sexual abuse in a kid-appropriate way. A big gray worm touches Meeka, a little bug, on his wings, which -- according to the story -- is a bug's most intimate part of its body. Though at first Meeka feels embarrassed and distressed, he eventually tells his parents and ends up feeling empowered. The book is professionally narrated and includes some minimal animation. There's also an endless runner game in which kids guide Meeka as he jumps to avoid obstacles and collect crystal balls. 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?

On the MEEKA'S SECRET home screen, choose from two book options or tap into Save Meeka, an endless runner game. In Book One, kids meet Meeka, a little bug, and his inner flower, Aira. Against Aira's advice, Meeka follows Mr. Kapoom, a big gray worm, and his cute bouncing pet bonbon to their home for some chocolate. In Book Two, while at Mr. Kapoom's home, Mr. Kapoom touches Meeka's wings, which makes Meeka feel uncomfortable, and he runs away. Aira encourages Meeka to talk to his parents but it takes a while before Meeka works up the courage to do so, after which Meeka feels much better and all ends well.

Is it any good?

This lovely ebook nicely addresses the complexities of sexual abuse in a remarkably kid-friendly way, but it feels like there's a lot missing from the overall user experience. The story's graphics are whimsical, and though there are some mildly scary parts, the text is very accessible, even for younger kids. Meeka is relatable and his thoughts and actions are believable. The plot strikes a wonderful balance of describing abuse --and all the feelings that come after it -- in a non-threatening, mostly non-scary story. But, given all the ways kids and families can interact with an app, there are many more features that would be nice to see, especially with such a tough topic. For instance, it would be nice to have parental supports such as in-text discussion questions, an overall reading guide, or other learning scaffolds to help parents make reading the story a more meaningful experience. A resource list could also help parents look further for help and support. A way for kids to express themselves after reading, or prompts for critical thinking could also help enhance their learning. Even some additional story navigation tools would be a welcome addition. The endless runner game is fun, but feels totally removed and superfluous to the story. It's also important for kids to understand that these situations don't always happen with strangers; in fact, usually kids know their abuser which can make it feel even more complicated. Ultimately, Meeka's Secret gets high marks for its story, but could use more development as an app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what happened to Meeka in Meeka's Secret. What was his secret? Why did he not want to tell his parents what happened and why did he eventually change his mind? How did he feel after he talked to his parents?

  • What relationship do you have with your inner flower? Have you ever had an experience where you felt great happiness or sadness inside of you?

  • Help your kids feel safe to tell you or a trusted adult if anything ever happens to them that makes them feel uncomfortable.

App details

For kids who love identifying feelings and importance of consent

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