The Mood Meter

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Clever, visually appealing tool promotes self-awareness.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify their emotional states and articulate what events led to those feelings. After recording several moods over time, kids can analyze patterns in their own emotional states, seeing how their moods change over time. 

Ease of Play

The mood graph and reports are simple and intuitive. It's easy to revisit the how-to tutorial.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence helps kids name, describe, and react to their emotions. Kids can use it to record their emotional states, comment on the situations that led to those feelings, and choose to "stay" and record that state or "shift" and view inspiring images, quotes, and tips that help them shift a negative mood in a positive direction. Within the "shift" section are several built-in images, quotes, and tips, and it's easy to import a photo or text. Each recorded mood ends up in the app's Reports section, where users can explore the different emotions they've posted over time. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

MOOD METER - BUILDING YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE is a tool for tracking and analyzing your emotional state. Although the app could work well for adults, it's also helpful for kids who are learning to name their emotions and describe how they feel. Since users can add their own inspiring images and text, it might work well in conjunction with a class (such as a school health class) or in a therapeutic setting where kids are working to improve their emotional awareness. Kids can include their own inspiring quotes and helpful tips in the "shift" sections, making this a highly customizable way to record and learn to regulate emotional states. 

Is it any good?

Kids explore their own emotional triggers in a visually appealing, engaging tool for tracking emotions. Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence was built by prominent researchers on emotional intelligence, and each simple feature is clearly included to maximize the user's self-reflection and assessment. Exploring the grid of words is surprisingly fun as dots expand and contract with a tap. Even the visual metaphor alone is interesting since you can learn something from the spectrum of words and how they relate to one another. Unfortunately, some of the built-in quotes and strategies are a little basic, so adding your own ends up being more necessary than convenient and fun. It might also be nice if the app included definitions of the emotion words to help users determine if that's the right description for their mood.

The Reports section is similarly clever. Sorting responses by date and color gives a nuanced look at the user’s emotions under different conditions and over time. It’s helpful that users can easily add their own entries, making this a great fit for those tracking their moods in a classroom or therapeutic setting. Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence can stand on its own as a simple exercise in self-reflection, but could be even more powerful with guidance from a professional who could help fill kids' toolboxes with high-quality, highly personalized coping strategies as well as comforting words and images.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence's mood grid is set up. The emotions range from pleasant to unpleasant and low energy to high energy. How are these extremes different? 

  • How do your feelings change over the course of the day? What kinds of situations make you feel different kinds of emotions?

  • The "shift" sections let you add your own pictures, quotes, and tips. Which words and images would you like to include to help you shift to more positive emotions? 

App details

For kids who love self-reflection

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