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Stop, Breathe & Think

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Appealing tool guides meditation and promotes compassion.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the practice of meditation, and they also can learn the practice of stopping to take stock of their emotions, taking a deep breath, and articulating their emotional needs. By encouraging kids to meditate daily and focus on kindness to others, this app offers great lessons in perseverance and compassion. The built-in progress-tracking and meditation guide make it consistently exciting to explore further meditations and learn more about the importance of compassion. Stop, Breathe & Think is an accessible, well-designed tool for making meditation an approachable daily practice for kids -- and adults.

Ease of play

Navigating Stop, Breathe & Think is a snap: Consistent navigation at the top of the screen makes it clear how to proceed in the meditation guide or how to return to the app's home screen. The red arrow button that states "let's do this" is a warm and clear invitation to start each meditation.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

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

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Kid, 12 years old June 17, 2014

if your kids will sit still!

I think this is appropriate for older children, tweens and teens because some young children may become restless. Also many younger kids have trouble with clearly identifying their emotions. Concerns about connection to social media shouldn't be problematic if kids under 13 play under supervision.
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