Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential Graphic Novel
If you could wave a magic wand and give your middle school child one gift, what would that gift be? Straight A’s? Popularity? Success at sports? Freedom from stress, bullying, or embarrassment?
Maybe, but challenges are what shape a child into adulthood. As much as we would like to protect our children from harm, a childhood without challenges is a childhood wasted.
What I would wish for is my children to have self-confidence. To be secure in the knowledge that they can handle whatever life throws at them. Generally, that realization comes only after years of hard knocks, if at all. But wouldn’t it be great to speed that process along?
Well, The Wonder of Tech can’t give you that magic wand. Instead I can recommend an iPad app that plants the seeds of self-confidence in your child.
If you are the parent of a middle school student, you should definitely check out the new iPad app Be Confident in Who You Are from Electric Eggplant. You may already be familiar with the Middle School Confidential Series of books. I was not when Electric Eggplant contacted me asking me to review their app. Somehow, when they discovered that I was a mom to twin tweens and a tech blogger, they thought I should review their app. (Full disclosure: Electric Eggplant sent me a promo code to review their app so I would not have to pay for the app.)
In addition to reviewing this app myself, I enlisted the help of male and female middle school students. They all agreed that it was a fun app that they would be more likely to read than a book.
The goal of this app is to raise the self-confidence of middle school students in a fun and interactive way. This app teaches kids how to deal with teasing, bullying, peer pressure, insecurities and many other challenges that adolescents face. From the evaluation of the app by me and several middle school students, this app definitely achieves this goal.
The app is based upon the Middle School Confidential series of books and presents its information in comic book form. Here is a sample image from the app:
The app makes effective use of the iPad’s features by incorporating sound, gestures and easy navigation. The sounds are particularly effective, when you swipe to turn the page, the app makes a sound as if the page were turning. Not only did I think this was very cool, my tween testers loved this feature. The background sound effects and music enhanced the experience without being annoying.
The app has easy navigation. A swipe turns the page. The app also lets you jump to different chapters, zoom in on every picture and find out more about the characters. You can even email the characters, which makes them seem more real.
What really makes this app work is that the message of self-confidence is buried in the midst of the fun of the app. All of my tween reviewers loved interacting with this app and said they enjoyed using this app than more than reading a book, even a comic book. That may be the nature of the next generation, but all of my reviewers were familiar with iPad apps so weren’t in awe of the fact that they were finally getting to play with an iPad.
My guess is that students would be more likely to read the Middle School Confidential series of books after using this app. The books offer features like quizzes and resources that aren’t available in the app.
The app is $3.99 in the iTunes App Store which is much less than the price of $9.99 for the book from Amazon. But, as with other apps, you can’t share this app with your friends unless you hand over your iPad to them.
The Bottom Line
If you are a parent to a middle school student or a middle school guidance counselor and have an iPad, then this is a useful and entertaining app. Most likely, you won’t have any trouble getting your child to use this app. The message that the app delivers is one I think every parent would like to instill in their child. What better way to teach the lessons of confidence than through a fun and effective iPad app?