The average American teen spends at least 1.5 hours a day on the internet (outside of use for homework). Why not encourage them to use their phones as a positive tools for developing mental health strategies, planning or maintaining safety and wellness?
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7 Apps to Help Teens
Here are some apps your teens can try to help promote their wellbeing and mental health.
Safespot is an app that helps to promote positive mental wellbeing in adolescents. They can develop coping skills, create an emergency contact list, find nearby resources and listen to relaxation recordings.
Way2Go!, or “Wellness Assessment for Youth to Get Organized” is an app that starts with a confidential wellness test that allows resources to be catered to your teen’s needs. They will then be directed to create daily wellness goals and can receive prompts through text or email.
bSafe provides teens with resources to help them feel safe. Some features include an SOS button that alerts friends that you need assistance, a fake call system if you need to set up a reason to leave a situation, a location tracker, a GPS tracer and a timer.
iAllowance helps teens and parents work together to track allowances and encourage financial education. It can also be used to track chores.
Evernote is a popular to-do list maker and tracker that allows users to add photos, audio files or web clippings and can be synced to your computer.
MindShift is an app designed to help teens cope with anxiety by helping to build skills for identifying steps they can take towards taking charge of it.
7. High School Story
High School Story is a popular app that allows teens to act through high school scenarios through the perspective of characters. Recently, the game went through an update where they added an element in partnership with the National Eating Disorder Association that allows teens to live through the experience of MIA, a character who struggles with body image stress. Teens are provided with opportunities to learn how to cope with these situations and to seek professional support if any of the circumstances shown affect them.