Rockstar Thinkers

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Positivity videos boost growth mindset.

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Kids are encouraged to learn to put a positive spin on things and to choose the right attitude/behavior for a situation. Since the content is passive and not interactive, there's less learning potential.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rockstar Thinkers is an educational app that features videos about positive thinking. It pairs with a website of the same name, although buying the app doesn't subscribe you to the website and vice versa. There are links to outside apps/websites, such as Facebook. 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?

ROCKSTAR THINKERS is a small collection of videos (six at the time of review) that focus on the power of positive thinking. With catchy phrases like, "Hocus pocus, change your focus!" and "Don't drain your brain!" kids are encouraged to look for the positive side of things. The videos talk about not focusing on the negative, choosing to be happy, and bringing the right attitude/behavior to different situations. In one video, two sisters go on the same field trip and come home with opposing impressions. The mother helps them see that one sister focused on the positive aspects, while the other focused on the negative. There is an area for songs (one at the time of the review) and flashcards (the two phrases mentioned above). 

Is it any good?

Messages around positive thinking are important for kids to hear and helpful for parents to use, but they may not be a great fit for all kids. The videos in Rockstar Thinkers can help parents talk with kids about focusing on the positive when things aren't going their way or be used as conversation starters around these topics. The messaging is heavy-handed, but the stories will be relatable for school-aged kids. Older kids may roll their eyes at the cutesy-ness and repeated phrases, however. Parents will want to review the videos first to see if they're a good fit. One potential downside is that the strong focus on positive thinking that ignores (and sometimes negates) the fact that it's OK for kids to feel sad and disappointed. One teacher tells kids that they can sprain their ankle and still be happy, or they can still be happy if someone dents their brand new bike, without validating the initial negative feelings. Since some child experts encourage parents to start with empathy and validation of whatever the kid is feeling in the moment before using techniques to get them "unstuck," the jump to positivity may not work for all kids (or parents). Also, some parents may balk at the price for the amount of content, so it might be helpful to view the free video on the website first (though you need to give your email address to get access).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about positive thinking using the Rockstar Thinkers app or in other contexts. What does it mean? How can you use it in your daily life? What is the process to think positively when something feels negative?

  • Talk about being disappointed or sad. What are some things you can do to cope with unhappy feelings?

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Skills: Emotional Development: handling stress, persevering, perspective taking
    Health & Fitness: mental health
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: January 10, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 19.00 MB
  • Publisher: Leanne Arnold
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: July 13, 2020

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