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

Child-friendly features

The Photo sharing social media app gives children the opportunity to explore the world of social networking in a safe environment.

Children can edit their pictures by adding text and drawings and then share the images with an approved list of friends. Friends who receive the image are only able to like, react (limited to three positive reactions) and comment on the photos.

As the main aim of the app is to teach preteens the etiquette of interacting online, it has constant reminders to keep things positive like the comment box that directs users to ‘ leave a nice comment’. The app also picks users who have modeled good behaviour to be ambassadors to other Kudos users.

Safety features

  • All accounts require a parent or carer to provide email authentication and approval. No friends can be added until a parent approves the account.
  • Geo-targetting is not offered so images will not share your child’s location.
  • Photos are monitored to make sure they’re not inappropriate and all the likes made on photos are anonymous.

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

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

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

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

Powerme app

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