Between the Lines Level 2

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Helps middle school kids understand nonverbal cues.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to understand nonverbal communication with Between the Lines Level 2. Using audio and video clips, the app shows everyday situations, and kids choose who is speaking and what that person means. Watching people interact in common settings will help kids apply what they learn in real life. Though Level 2 is geared to middle school and high school kids, younger kids also can use it. They take an active part in making choices, keeping them involved and learning how to interpret messages that would be difficult to convey in a book or a worksheet. Between the Lines Level 2 allows kids to analyze common social interactions without risk and gives parents the ability to customize and view data about what their kids are learning.

Ease of Play

Once you've entered your settings, the app is easy to use. Just tap your username and press play.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Between the Lines Level 2 is an advanced version of Between the Lines Level 1. It targets middle and high school kids with situations they might encounter (curfew, for example), though it can be used with younger kids, too. Kids with autism spectrum disorder or other kids who have trouble deciphering social situations and idioms will benefit the most as they analyze a variety of video clips that show typical daily situations. Some of these represent people being rude, so it's not meant to be a social skills modeling tool. Parents can track their children's progress in the settings section, and no personal information is collected.

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What's it about?

BETWEEN THE LINES LEVEL 2 presents social scenarios that many kids struggle with: making sense of idioms and body language in everyday situations. Kids view video clips of scenes and are asked questions about what's happening and what it means. As a break, kids get to play games that are unrelated to the learning content. Verbal praise and reward games can be customized, as can the number of answer choices available.

Is it any good?

Between the Lines 2 is an easy-to-use app that address social skills in a unique way. Just as with Between the Lines Level 1, kids encounter real-life situations in a safe way, allowing them to practice interpreting cues and ambiguous language without fear. They encounter positive and negative behaviors, which helps them prepare for a wider array of situations. It's worth noting that the reward games aren't a part of the learning experience, which may be distracting for some kids.

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  • Families can talk about the activities after kids complete them and review them through role-playing or video taping.​ What were the most difficult situations to figure out? Why?

  • Check the tracked data to see where your child may still be struggling, and discuss why those sections are the trickiest.

  • Play "What does that mean?" using situations your own family might encounter. For example, sarcasm can be particularly tricky for some kids and is more and more prevalent as kids grow up, so make sure to address how to tell whether someone is being sarcastic.

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