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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

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Learning(i)

Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.

What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are is a book app 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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • discussion
  • forming arguments

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • asking questions
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • perspective taking
  • self-awareness
  • developing resilience
  • empathy
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building
  • listening

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • respecting other viewpoints

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This compelling graphic novel uses real-life kid language and attitudes to draw tweens and teens into the story. Hand-drawn graphics are charming but grown-up enough to appeal to teens.

Learning Approach

Kid-based narrative helps kids feel comfortable considering sensitive issues. Story line emphasizes peer group empathy and tolerance. Kids learn by watching others and reflecting on what they see.

Support

Kids can zoom in on the scenes they want to examine further.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • discussion
  • forming arguments

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • asking questions
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • perspective taking
  • self-awareness
  • developing resilience
  • empathy
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • moving beyond obstacles

Communication

  • asking questions
  • conveying messages effectively
  • friendship building
  • listening

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • respecting other viewpoints

Kids can learn to identify emotions, reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses, respect peer viewpoints, build friendships, persevere through difficulties (including bullying), and put their troubles into perspective by reading this graphic novel. Presented as a story about a group of friends, this book app creates an authentic narrative to which the kids of the targeted age can identify. Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are is a quick read for tweens and teens that helps them to learn about and reflect upon how to handle common social issues.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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QUALITY

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 1: BE CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE speaks to kids who are at a really rough age, and reminds them to take pride in their own talents and not to let peer pressure (even the unspoken kind) get them down. There are probably plenty of tweens out there who could genuinely be helped by such reminders. This app is sleek and well-designed. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Chaperone events at school so that you can discuss social issues that might arise.

  • Model patience and kindness even when your kids are not.

  • Apologize when you make mistakes so they will too.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 20, 2011
Category:Books
Publisher:Electric Eggplant
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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