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SOS Method: Meditation

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Variety of mindfulness tools offers something for everyone.

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

Educational Value

Users can explore tools to help them develop mindfulness, stress management techniques, and other self-management skills.

 

Ease of Play

There's no tutorial, but the app is quite straightforward and offers a few tips, and there are features that allow for personalization and/or filtering of the feed.

 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some sessions address topics that deal with love, relationships, and heartbreak.

Language

The sessions may use language that expresses difficult feelings, but there aren’t any curse words.

Consumerism

A monthly or annual subscription is necessary to unlock all features and series.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SOS Method: Meditation is a health and fitness app that aims to provide users guidance and tools that promote mindfulness, productivity, calm, and relaxation. The app presents different categories, such as “stress,” “sleep,” and “focus and productivity,” all of which have a series, or daily sessions, as subtopics. Each series is a combination of meditations and tools that aim to tap into the science behind self-management and emotional and physical wellbeing. There are several different categories and one of them is geared towards “kids and pets,” with sections dedicated to teens, dogs, parents/mentors, and kids. The SOS Method is a specific way to meditate based around particular principles, and each sessions is generally supposed to last about five minutes. The free version of the app gives users access to a few daily series, a collection of guided meditations and directions for implementing the different tools. The monthly or annual subscription unlocks access to all of the app’s features and series. 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?

SOS METHOD: MEDITATION promotes mindfulness practice and aims to shift users’ response to stressors or triggers by combining discovery, meditation, and tools that tap into the science between emotional reactions and physical response. Through the “discovery programs” or daily series, users explore holistic, scientific, and calming practices. “Life tools” serve as resources that can be used to release anxiety or stress and/or promote productivity, hope, and motivation. These tools describe processes, such as “Stop Drop and Roll,” which guide users on how to respond to overwhelming emotional reactions or harness and visualize positivity.  “Daily meditations” are designed to promote a sense of peace and/or inspiration. SOS Method presents a range of categories for users to choose from; representing the range of emotional wellbeing, some categories deal with depression and anxiety, while others deal with relationships, boosting inspiration, and inner balance. While most categories address topics that are more relevant to young adults or grownups, there's a specific section dedicated to “kids and pets,” that offers daily series geared towards teens, kids, and parents. There is also a series, which includes meditations, dedicated to promoting better and deeper sleep. Each session is designed to be short and accessible.

 

Navigate the app by scrolling to find a category of interest and press play to listen to the daily series or answer the question “how are you feeling today?” to filter programs to target your current state of mind. Under the meditation tab kids will find a collection of guided meditations organized in subcategories such as “Revitalize during Activity” and “Forgiveness and Love.” Under the tools tab, kids will find a collection of step by step directions that guide them on how to respond to different triggers or on how to harness feelings of positivity. Users can personalize the feed by collecting the programs, meditations, and tools they enjoy best in their “favorites,” simply tap on the heart to like.  

 

Is it any good?

Kids, teens, and grownups will find the structured daily series to be a useful and engaging tool to promote mindfulness and learn practical ways to manage a range of feelings. SOS Method: Meditation not only seeks to address challenging emotional or mental states, it also taps into motivation and habits for success. The calm, confident, and soothing voice that guides users through the series makes for a comforting experience, even for those who haven’t practiced mindfulness or meditation before. The tools can be accessed anytime, anywhere and the series are short enough that they can be enjoyed as part of any daily routine. The practical tools that focus on reflection and change set this app apart. The sleep series and meditations are also really awesome, providing kids and grownups tools to fall asleep faster and feel rested naturally. One potential drawback is that the app doesn’t have a filter or wall for parents to activate, so kids using the app on their own will have access to all series and categories, all of which aren’t necessarily appropriate for little ones. The series are sequenced and you have to do day one before moving on to day two. Some users may enjoy this structured component. Although there are limited series options for kids, especially in the free version, most tools and meditations are appropriate for both kids and teens. To get the most out of this app, share in the experience with kids and brainstorm other healthy habits that can be done together to compliment mindfulness and meditation.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to incorporate other activities into their routine to promote stress relief, mindfulness and/or a healthy lifestyle when using SOS Method: Meditation. Collectively brainstorm ideas such as exercise, nutrition, connecting with nature, taking hikes, spending time with friends, or engaging in creative activities, which may contribute to a healthy state of being.   

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  • Talk about identifying when the SOS Method could be a useful tool. Is thinking about tomorrow’s test keeping you from sleeping? Feeling a little stressed about your upcoming recital? Working on setting goals and improving your grades? How are you feeling today and how might practicing mindfulness help?

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App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, motivation, personal growth, self-reflection, work to achieve goals
    Emotional Development: developing resilience, handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, perspective taking, self-awareness
    Communication: multiple forms of expression
    Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
    Health & Fitness: body awareness, meditation, mental health
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (in-app purchase for monthly or annual subscription from $6.99-$58.99)
  • Release date: March 16, 2019
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Size: 80.40 MB
  • Publisher: SOS Method Inc.
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up

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