Sworkit Kids

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Solid exercise guide with video, voice; adult must monitor.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to move their bodies, though an adult should monitor to make sure the exercises are done correctly. Older kids can set up a customizable list of activities to help them get out excess energy, increase their flexibility, or simply exercise, while younger kids can use the pre-built workouts to do the same. For kids who benefit from movement breaks or who need a structured way to stretch and calm their bodies, this tool provides an avenue. Over 60 types of movements are provided in each of the exercise categories, which makes Sworkit Kids accessible to all levels and abilities, but it's definitely best-used with grown-up supervision and separate long-term tracking.

Ease of Play

Users can start right away; settings easy to adjust, and videos provide easy directions.

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Ad at bottom of the finished workout screen encourages users to download the most recent Sworkit app for adults.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sworkit Kids is a kid version of an adult workout tool that provides video and verbal instructions in how to complete age-appropriate exercises. The directives are provided in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. Targeting strength, agility, flexibility, and balance, Sworkit Kids may be beneficial for kids who need guided movement breaks or the opportunity to practice gross motor skills in a fun way. Data is collected at the end of each exercise, including elapsed time and calories burned (based on height and weight information), and can be synced with the iOS Health App tool. Parents may need to support some kids in completing the activities appropriately to ensure safety, since the app does not provide feedback about whether a child effectively completes each exercise. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Users open SWORKIT KIDS and can immediately begin following a suggested workout. Kids can choose from the categories that are preloaded (strength, agility, flexibility, and balance) or choose from a list of activities to create their own custom workout. After selecting an activity, users select the duration and tap Begin Workout. A video tutorial on how to complete each activity accompanies a voice guiding kids through a set of exercises as two timers count down at the top and bottom of the screen. The top timer indicates how much time is remaining in the entire workout, while the bottom timer counts down how much time is left for the specific exercise. Transitions and rests are worked in visually and verbally. Kids can end the workout or skip to the next exercise at any point. Once completed, data about time spent and calories burned displays and syncs with the iOS Health Tool, if enabled.

Is it any good?

This guided-movement tool gives structure to exercising beyond a written workout plan. The videos are simple and engaging, the voiced directions are direct and clear, and the built-in transition reminders are well-designed. Because of the customization options, adults and kids can craft an individualized set of exercises that take any limitations into account. For kids who need movement breaks or a structured stretching routine to create calm bodies or refocus their energy, it may be incredibly affecting. The app doesn't, however, provide feedback for whether the activities are done correctly: For kids who are in the most need of gross motor practice, completing each exercise correctly is crucial to creating muscle memory, so an adult should supervise these exercises, especially as kids are learning the activities. Since only the current workout generates data, users should record long-term growth or narrative reflections about the impact of each exercise or workout using a different tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of moving every day and how we can use screen time to do more than be passive. Set a goal to exercise with your child three to four times a day, and keep a tally of how often each family member completes this goal.

  • Parents can also help kids reflect on how exercise affects their ability to focus, engage, and complete academic and non-academic tasks. Ask kids to think about how they feel before exercising, during exercising, right after exercising, and an hour after completing Sworkit activities. Are they able to pay attention? Do they feel more relaxed?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, movement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 14, 2016
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Size: 69.50 MB
  • Publisher: Nexercise
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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