A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
After setting up or selecting a profile in THE SOCIAL EXPRESS II, parents or kids choose a beginner, intermediate, or advanced webisode. The fully animated lessons target many of the social skills kids encounter in their day-to-day lives, and kids must help each character make good decisions to successfully navigate social situations. Beginner lessons encourage kids to explore nonverbal cues and the importance of eye contact. More advanced lessons help kids transfer social rules into real life. Every lesson offers the option to stop and replay. The app works in concert with a companion website where, among other things, parents can track kids' progress.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about connections between what they're learning with The Social Express II and real-life social situations.
Spend some time on the Social Express website before introducing the app. When logged in, you'll see a Getting Started guide that's not available thorough the app.
Check out the My DPS app, which can help kids with coping strategies on the go.
- 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
- Size: 114.30 MB
- Publisher: The Language Express, Inc.
- Version: 6.7
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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