Wellbeing apps guide for kids

Keeping your children healthy and well is a top priority and there are now many apps available to help improve your child’s general wellbeing.

We’ve scoured the best of the net to uncover popular (FREE) wellbeing apps available to download. From meditation techniques to family-based games designed to help kids practise understanding their feelings.

Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking professional medical advice if you have concerns about your child’s wellbeing.

 

See NSPCC & O2's Net Aware apps guide

Go to guide

For Me – Childline app

Counselling app for young people

Created by Childline it is said to be the first app to provide counselling to young people directly through their smartphone.

Invented by four teenagers who wanted to use technology to address the urgent need for confidential support among young people, the ‘For Me’ app is free to download in the UK and has been specifically designed for discreet usage

How can it help your child?

  • Get in touch with a counsellor when they need it for a one-to-one chat
  • Access tips and advice to help them cope with what they may be experiencing
  • Talk the others on message boards and ask questions

Rated:  12+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Focus on the go

Family educational game app helps manage emotions

A series of family-based games designed to help kids practice understanding and communicating their feelings and developing skills to calm down in challenging situations. There’s a family check up to see how the family is tracking and further resources, tips, and videos aimed at building resilience.

How can it help your child?

  • Helps develop skills in identifying emotions, solving problems, and improving communication
  • Helps to build family resilience as a whole through gameplay

Rated:  4+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well

Teen health and wellbeing app

This app is all about improving mood and energy levels in a six-week personalised program. It helps to improve the sleep/wake routine with daily goals to get you rolling out of bed quick smart. We all want a little more energy and this works well to get us up and out of bed on the double.

How can it help your child?

  • Encourages your child to have regular sleeping patterns
  • Monitors the relationship between mood, energy, exercise and sleep

Rated:  12+

Available on: iOS only

Cost: Free

Smiling Mind

Guided meditation app 

Smiling Mind is a free mindfulness meditation app for young people to help combat stress, improve focus and increase resilience.

How can it help your child?

  • It can reduce anxiety, distress and help them be calmer
  • Gives advice on how to relax and manage emotions
  • It may increase their concentration

Rated:  4+

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Breathe Think Do with Sesame

Character based app to teach kids how to stay calm

Brought to you by Sesame.org, this is for the under fives.  It teaches kids Sesame’s research-based ‘Breathe, Think, Do’ approach to solving problems and dealing with tricky situations. Like all things Sesame Street it’s engaging, accessible and high quality.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help your child to learn coping strategies to help them stay calm
  • It also has a ‘more tips’ section help your child develop resilience by giving them tools to solve problems

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

App to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.

How can it help your child?

  • Teaches them how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking
  • Encourages your child to face challenges and gain control

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS and Android

Cost: Free

Three Good Things app

Creates a happiness journal to increase positivity

This app allows kids to create a happiness journal that prompts them to write down three good things every day and track their increase in positivity. The interface is created like a game to it is engaging for young people to use. They can add entries all at once or as they happen and are rewarded by climbing up levels as they record their entries over consecutive days.

How can it help your child?

  • It can help your child to learn how to look at daily activities with a positive viewpoint
  • It’s a great way to keep a record of what your child is grateful for

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free

Helps children understand their emotion using emojis

The Powerme app helps children to recognise their emotions and learn how to handle them better as they grow.

They can set up their own avatar and take part in special activities that allow them to learn coping strategies to cope with feelings that may be overwhelming to deal with.

How can it help your child?

  • Teaches children to learn that it’s okay to have emotions and how to handle them
  • It uses dance and physical activities to improve a child’s mood

Rated:  +4

Available on: iOS

Cost: Free