A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
There are eight chapters in MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 1: BE CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE, with brief quizzes at the end of each chapter. Sometimes the quiz has right or wrong answers, in which case students are given a score, but sometimes it acts more as an evaluation of how students feel about themselves. There’s an info page, which acts as the main menu to explain navigation controls. Kids swipe or tap to move through the pages, and they can double-tap to zoom in on any part of a page. Each page has sound effects, but there’s no narration. Kids can jump to any chapter and page they wish; however, they cannot bookmark a page to keep track of their progress.
Is it any good?
This book-based app is a positive way to address issues for kids who are at a rough age and reminds them to take pride in their own talents and not to let peer pressure get them down. There are probably plenty of tweens out there who could genuinely be helped by such reminders. It's sleek and well-designed, although it could be improved by adding a narration option for kids who struggle with reading. Since this very positive message is delivered in what is considered to be a cool medium -- a graphic novel -- it's a great way to get to the targeted audience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what issues kids are currently dealing with and how Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are helps them overcome these issues.
Talk about the importance of modeling patience and kindness with friends, even when friends are not doing the same.
Discuss the value in apologizing when mistakes are made. How can we all learn from our mistakes?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, forming arguments, storytelling
Social Studies: cultural understanding
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, decision-making, problem solving
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses, personal growth, self-reflection
Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking, self-awareness
Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, friendship building, listening
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, respecting other viewpoints
- Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
- Release date: December 5, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 63.40 MB
- Publisher: Electric Eggplant
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up.
- Last updated: July 10, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love tween entertainment
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