Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Plainly packaged creative ideas for offscreen activities.

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Educational Value

Kids can get inspired to try out a big variety of offscreen activities. Activities include discussion starters, ways to interact with other people, arts or crafts to create, and physical movement. Short affirmation statements can give kids suggestions for coping with difficult emotions. All activities are meant to encourage mindfulness.

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Easily tap to choose an emotion and a task, and then mark the task as completed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids encourages mindfulness in kids through over 100 off screen activity suggestions. There are different types of suggested activities including talking to someone else about a particular topic, creating an art project, or doing something physically active. Kids start by choosing from six emotions to describe how they're currently feeling. If they choose one of the more negative emotions (e.g., sad), the app asks if there's someone they can talk to about their feelings. Everything in the app is text based. So, pre-readers will need a helper to choose their emotion and read the suggested activity. Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids is not compatible with older devices; check to see if yours is on the list. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

After tapping start, WELL-BEINGS: WELLNESS FOR KIDS, kids answer the question "How are you feeling/" by tapping on one of six emotions: happy, sad, creative, active, curious, or worried. Each emotion choice leads to a short statement of affirmation or encouragement. For instance, if a kid shares that they're worried, the app responds, "It's normal to feel worried during uncertain times. Is there someone you can talk to?" Or "It's fun to find out how the world works" for curious. Then, kids see a short description of an activity they can do off screen such as "Read the first chapter of your favorite books to someone," and a suggested amount of time it should take to complete. When they've finished the task, they tap, "completed." Finish six activities and earn a sticker; there are 40 stickers total to collect.

Is it any good?

Though it's not the most sophisticated app, this is a great collection of ways to get kids involved with offscreen activities on their own, or with family and friends. There are some very creative ideas that are wonderful inspiration for getting kids to try something new or connect with other people in a new way. Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids's structure is pretty simple which shows in its bare-bones opportunities for on-screen interaction. Even though the focus here is on getting kids to do things offscreen, it would still be nice to have some extra app features, such as a back button in case kids decide to change their emotion choice. It would also be nice if kids could add a simple reflection on the activity they completed, such as a drawing, photo, or a short text entry. That way, it wouldn't be quite so easy for kids to simply tap "completed" even if they haven't actually done the task. Also, the six emotion choices feel a bit limited, especially since they never change. It might be nice to have more options, or a clearer connection between the emotion choice and the suggested activity. However, i families focus on using Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids as a library of creative ideas for things to do offscreen and don't expect much from the app itself, they're likely to get some good use out of it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the suggested activities in Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids. Which ones did your kids like the best? The least? Which ones were hard? Why? 

  • Pay attention to what feelings your kids choose to describe their mood. Without being pushy, be available to talk about how they're feeling and why.

  • Ask your kids how this app is different from others that require them to stay tied to the screen. Do they like using apps this way? Why or why not?

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