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Why AppHipMom loves it: Focus & advice on tween friendship dilemmas
The long awaited sequel to the original blockbuster app “Be Confident in Who you Are” is now available for download. The app, appropriately titled “Real Friends vs. the Other Kind” is focused on managing friendships. Having a tween myself, I can attest that this issue is huge. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t hear something about why Kate* hangs around Jasmine* even though Jasmine is mean to Kate or why good friend Jennifer* chats with Jasmine even though Jasmine is not a very nice person. So many questions. Questions that I often don’t have the answers to myself.
Once again, the familiar cast of friends are back as we follow their ups and downs and how they handle the common friendship challenges that they are faced with. These situations include discovering who their “real friends” are, feeling pressure to dump friends, being worried about a friend, dating, breaking up and making new friends. Other than content and the addition of interactive quizzes, I am pleased that developer Electric Eggplant, didn’t mess around with the original formula of what made “Be Confident in Who you Are” so fabulous in the first place–the graphic novel format, full page or frame by frame reading and enhanced sound effects that draw the reader into the story.
Kudos to recognized teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, M. Ed. for providing parents and kids the resources to help them work through the complicated tween years and to know that they are not in this alone.
Images: Electric Eggplant
*Names have been changed.
Disclosure: I received the app for free for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.