TALK Puberty

TALK Puberty app

  • An app for parents and teachers to use with young people aged 7–15 years to start and continue conversations about puberty.
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TALK Puberty app By Lori Reichel
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Features

  • Commonly asked open-ended questions.
  • Basic topics around puberty.
  • A large selection of topics.
Clinical review 

4 star review


Read a clinical review below.

Security and privacy Does the app:
  • Collect medical information? No
  • Require a login? No
  • Have password protection? No
  • Have a privacy policy? Yes
  • Require internet access to use? No

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Brochures:
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Cost Paid
How to get the app

TALK Puberty app provides a selection of frequently asked question about puberty, with the intention of giving parents, caregivers and teachers the confidence to start conversations with their children or students. The app has 5 main sections:

  • Basic questions about puberty
  • Questions about most girls
  • Questions about most boys
  • Other questions children often ask
  • Open-ended questions.

The basic and commonly asked question sections provide a series of questions with brief answers to further stimulate learning and discussion. The section ‘Other questions children often ask’ contains a variety of questions, including those about consent, identity, sexual health and safety.

For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see reviews below.

PROS CONS 

A large amount of useful information that considers practical questions children might have.

Good level of detail for the suggested age group.

Only contains text with questions and answers divided into 5 sections which are then swiped through sequentially, so it's not possible to search for specific topic areas.

Visual presentation is plain.

Clinical review

4 star review



Reviewer
: Dr Alice Miller, GP locum, FRNZCGP, Wellington
Date of review: January 2021
Platform: iPhone
Version: 1.0.2

Comments: The app is aimed at parents and teachers to use with children (suggested age range 7–15 years). The app helps to raise topics that some people might find difficult to discuss with young people. It provides clear answers to questions that children might have about changes to their body and feelings around puberty, including why they happen and how to cope with some common concerns. The app provides open ended questions for discussion about growing up. Supports a positive self-esteem and highlights normal differences between young people. It also increases awareness of identity differences, consent, sexual health and safety. There are links provided to more detailed resources about puberty.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Suitable for the New Zealand audience, but be aware that one answer states to call 911 in emergency rather than 111 for New Zealand. 

Disclaimer: The NZ Health App Library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

Credits: Healthify editorial team. Healthify is brought to you by Health Navigator Charitable Trust.