Back to school doesn't have to be cruel

My daughter is entering Middle School and it can be intimidating. So I was excited to see Be Confident in Who You Are: Middle School Confidential, a graphic novel turned into an interactive, electronic book, complete with audio and visual effects. There are a variety of topics so a student is likely to find something they can relate to, whether it is bullying, body image, self confidence, etc.

I like that the entire novel is focused on a group of kids. There aren't any adults lecturing the kids, nor is there some narrator to 'take you out of the moment.' It's basically kids being kids, with a set of positive messages so they can learn from each other.

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It might seem a little hokey to a grownup but my daughter liked it, and I hope it has helped prepare her for school, and will be something she can look back on as situations arise.

As you prepare for back to school, certainly you should consider flash card apps, math quiz apps, and other apps focused on scholastic lessons, but don't forget the anxiety of going back to school. Middle School Confidential can help with that.
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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.