Parents' Guide to

SOS Method: Meditation

By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Variety of mindfulness tools offers something for everyone.

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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.

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
  • 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
  • Publisher: SOS Method Inc.
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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