Wondering what the BodiMojo app looks like? Here is a quick video demonstration of how the app works and features that you can use.
Video created by Laurie Finkielsztein, age 17. Learn more about Laurie here.
Founder of six Girls Who Code Club chapters, BodiMojo summer intern.
There are three main features in the BodiMojo app, all geared toward nudging skills in emotional and social intelligence, mindfulness and self-compassion – factors that support resiliency and overall adjustment. Like our virtual buddy Figg says, the app aims to “help kids connect their heads and their hearts.”
- Kids can select up to 60 positive and negative mood words. Why so many? Human beings are complicated! And, we can have a number of feelings at the same time. It’s healthy to have a mix of emotions and to know how to deal with all of them. It’s called emodiversity. We love that word!
- Each day, the app offers a motivational tip or challenge. Sometimes the tips are connected to a quiz or an audio relaxation, like a body scan or breath awareness, or things to try in the real world.
- The journal feature encourages kids to write about and reflect on moments they are thankful for or appreciate. The research on cultivating gratitude consistently shows that gratitude is associated with overall wellbeing. It’s something we like to write about on our blog, too. The journal feature can also be used to consider what went well or other reflections. The journal is private and can’t be posted to social media.
There is also a “Me” tab that houses account settings, profile photo uploads, and a library of content. You can customize Figg’s appearance, too.
Behind the Scenes
What you can’t see in the demo is what lies behind the scenes. We can customize versions of the app for particular groups or health programs. For instance, we can tailor the content and features of the app for young people who are managing a health condition that may be challenging at times, like IBS or diabetes; or we can support heath prevention campaign, like anti-bullying, stress management, or teen pregnancy prevention. Currently, we are testing the app with healthy adolescents to get their opinions, and we are looking at measurements of positive and negative mood, body image, self-kindness, mindfulness and lifestyle (the project is supported by an NIH/NIDDK grant).
We believe that when young people are inspired to care for their bodies and minds, they make good decisions!