A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stop, Breathe & Think is an app and a website that encourages kids to learn the three skills in its title. Kids will stop and take stock of their thoughts and feelings; they'll breathe through guided meditations; and they'll think with increased kindness and compassion for the world around them. It's a great tool for developing positive habits of mind for kids and adults.
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What's it about?
In STOP, BREATHE & THINK, kids can experience guided meditation exercises from their mobile devices. Kids can use this app to select a particular meditation (15 are available, all 10 minutes long or less) or to receive a "curated list" of recommended meditations based on a self-report of their current emotional state.
Is it any good?
Stop, Breathe & Think makes meditation approachable and even fun. Kids can earn stickers for consistently using the app, getting rewards for achievements such as multiple days of meditation and journeys through the same meditation. The progress page allows kids to track simple information (such as total meditation time) and more abstract data (such as state of "settledness" over time). Stop, Breathe & Think's developers seek to promote compassion in the world, and this app is one piece of that mission. Its message is overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which meditations they prefer and which seem to suit different situations.
Parents might help younger kids navigate the section that allows users to select different emotions. This can help kids become increasingly articulate about naming their emotions before they embark on meditations that help them navigate them.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Emotional Development: developing resilience, handling stress, identifying emotions, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, self-awareness
Health & Fitness: body awareness, meditation, mental health
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 6, 2014
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Size: 79.70 MB
- Publisher: Tools for Peace
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
For kids who love learning about friendship and compassion
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