Australian Council on Children and the Media

Meditations for Kids - Highly Meditated, LLC

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Meditation for Kids is a fun, interactive health and wellbeing app. It introduces young children to relaxation, guided imagery and meditation techniques. In an intuitive and inviting way, this app may help children learn ways to relax and to feel calm. Suitable for children aged 4 years and older.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Meditations for Kids was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 May 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Meditations for Kids
Developed by: Highly Meditated, LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Safe for ages 4+ (no ads, in-app extensions, or online connectivity to social media).
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

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App description

Meditation for Kids is a health and well-being app in which children (with or without their parents) participate in meditation, guided imagery and relaxation. The use of bright colours and simple graphics makes the app feel welcoming and inviting. Children can choose from a series of six pictures, each representing the sound it will play. For example, clicking on a picture of a rain cloud will play the sound of rain; clicking on a picture of a bird will play bird song etc. There are also several different meditations and guided imageries spoken by a woman’s soothing, relaxing voice. Before each meditation begins, a brief explanation is given so that parents and children can understand the objective of the exercise. For example, “This is for children who find themselves to be particularly fidgety with their hands, this script will help them to stay calm even in stressful situations”. Other themes that are explored include; dealing with being afraid of the dark, reducing fidgetiness, breathing relaxation, becoming calm/centred and dealing with worry or anxiety.

 

Reviewers comments

Meditation for Kids provides children with a great insight and introduction into different relaxation techniques. It is free from any ads, has no in-app purchasing or extensions and does not connect to social media – making it a very safe option for very young children. The app actively encourages parents to participate in the meditation exercises with their children, promoting bonding and closeness. Although there are no written or verbal instructions, using this app is very intuitive and will be quickly picked up by children, particularly if an adult demonstrates at first.  Overall, this is a good quality app which could be beneficial in teaching children strategies for reducing stress and anxiety.

In App purchasing

  • There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

  • There is no online information required to use this app. No login, or account is required.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • There is no advertising or product placement in this game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Other

Reviewer's comment: Meditation should not be an alternative for seeking help for certain mental and physical health conditions. If your child is not improving or benefiting from meditation, stop immediately and consult your health care provider.                                                                                                               

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