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Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind App Poster Image

Graphic novel-style app shares authentic teen scenes and tools. Focus is solidly on how to handle and keep friends, but issues such as dating, eating disorders, and going along with popular kids are used as context.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
The Migrant Trail Game Poster Image

Thought-provoking game tackles the unsettling plight of migrants who try to cross from Mexico to the U.S. Shows the suffering faced by these people but also explores the roles of the border agents whose job it is to search for, apprehend, and medically treat them.

Mac, Windows
The Mood Meter App Poster Image

Clever, visually appealing tool helps kids name, describe, and react to their emotions. Kids can comment on the situations that led to their feelings and choose to "stay" or to "shift" and view inspiring images, quotes, and tips to help them shift in a positive direction.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Spirits of Spring App Poster Image
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Subtle message, stellar design teach empathy through play. Kids play as a Native American boy, exploring a magical world filled with streams, trees, and animals, solving puzzles and challenges along the way. Clear messages about the importance of friendship.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Stop, Breathe & Think App Poster Image

Appealing tool guides meditation and promotes compassion. Kids learn to take stock of their thoughts and feelings; breathe through guided meditations; and think with increased kindness for the world around them.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android


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Help Your Child at Home

  • Discuss your family's history and stories. Brainstorm ways to use technology to capture the story effectively, and help your child create a presentation, song, poem, or essay that expresses the story's tone and main ideas.
  • Do simple math to accomplish a task: If you're building a box, how much wood will you need for the sides? Measure the length, width, and height of the box. How would you figure out the volume of water it would hold?
  • Start to talk with your child about bullying, including cyberbullying. Even though social media may be years away, plant the seeds now for helping kids understand appropriate interactions, and let kids know they can talk to you about it.