Parents' Guide to

The Social Express II

By Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.

App iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Great interactive tasks to help kids understand hidden rules of social and emotional situations.

This is so well constructed. My kids fall on the "average" spectrum of behavior, and I found this so beneficial. I love the game allows kids to see the outcomes and consequences of different behaviors and really helps them to learn to think about social situations from how someone else might experience it. Great, great, great.
age 6+

Boring

My son didn't even want to play it, at all. In theory it is a good idea, but if it is no fun then it doesn't work.

Privacy Rating Warning

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Interactive episodes do a fantastic job of offering kids a natural way to understand and learn key social cues and skills that are needed for success in life. Each lesson offers kids the chance to make decisions about the choices the characters make -- and witness the possible consequences of those choices. When it's time to make a choice, it's not always clear what the options represent, so kids may choose at random, but they try again until they make the "best" choice. Parents may feel that none of the choices is really the best possible outcome and that all lack nuance. For these reasons, The Social Express II may not be a good resource for all kids. Printables allow kids to have a tangible reminder of coping strategies, feelings, and more; kids can carry these with them or post them on a wall. Part of what makes the app shine is the guidance it gives parents, from the guide for parents (available on the Social Express website) to the "teaching tips" that appear during a lesson (tips can be turned off for kids using the app independently). The clubhouse social network raises some privacy concerns because kids can reveal personal information. Parents can monitor their kids' activities, and it's optional, so parents could also simply choose not to allow kids to participate, and kids can enjoy learning with the other parts of this fabulous app.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : decision-making, making conclusions, problem solving, Emotional Development : empathy, identifying emotions, perspective taking, self-awareness, Communication : conveying messages effectively, friendship building, Responsibility & Ethics : making wise decisions, respect for others
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (While the app is free to download and try, the full curriculum requires a subscription that costs $14.99 per month or $69.99 per year.)
  • Release date: October 31, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Publisher: The Language Express, Inc.
  • Version: 6.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 21, 2019

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