Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.

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Educational Value

There are many real-world lessons for kids, with quizzes to reinforce the reading material. 

Ease of Play

It's very easy to read this graphic novel. A simple tap moves you from one comic panel to the next. And you can zoom in with a tap as well, and then hear ambient noises.


A boy falls while trying to perform a skateboard trick. He's not hurt.


There's a pop-up add for the next book in the series. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are is a book app for iOS and Android devices. It’s the first in a series of graphic novels written by anti-bullying activist Annie Fox. This story is about a group of friends who help bolster one another's self-esteem in the face of teasing, bullying, or mere self-doubt. While there are some mean kids in the story (who never physically assault anyone), most of the torment these young protagonists endure is self-inflicted. They feel bad about themselves because of their height, weight, grades, athletic skills, self-image, etc. But their friends always know what to say to turn things around and give them perspective. After reading each chapter, kids can complete a quiz to help reinforce the ideas from the story. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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?

App details

  • 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

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