Insight Timer

LQ: 8.9


Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 9.1

Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: ,


Insight Timer is a meditation and mindfulness app that aims to help individuals sleep better, manage their anxiety, and achieve calm. When the user initially opens the app, they are asked a series of questions, including what they want to get out of their experience with the app. They are then asked to what degree they would like to receive information of a spiritual, scientific, or secular nature. These options can be turned on and off to encourage or avoid certain content within the app. 

After completing this set up, they are taken to the main screen where they can choose from a variety of activities including yoga, guided meditation, sleep coaching, or even live streaming events. 

For parents of younger children, the app features a special Parents tab that can be used alongside your child. The activities in this section include story-based meditation, pre-sleep affirmations, and self-care strategies. 

Insight Timer features a timed free trial, after which a subscription is required. It is available now on iOS. 

Insight Timer helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Guided meditation aimed at a younger audience is a great way for children to practice their focusing skills. Because the meditation sessions in the Parenting tab of Insight Timer are specifically designed for children, they are of high interest and encourage the child to pay attention from beginning to end. For users who struggle with focusing for long periods of time, starting with a shorter meditation session once or twice a week and then building up to more sessions of greater length can be a great way to build up this skill. 

Self-Control: Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.

Meditation, self-care, and calming exercises are a great way to decompress if we are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or frustrated. For children, dealing with these emotions can be particularly difficult, so having a gentle, guided way to work through them can be beneficial. For children who struggle with controlling their emotions, doing these exercises alongside them and then debriefing afterwards can have a great impact. 

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