Here is a little treat! A sneak peak at the new Facts of Life App that is in development. This next app which is designed for 3-6 year olds is designed to be highly interactive and engaging. It will beautifully compliment my award winning and best-selling children's book, "Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth!"
The App is designed as an interactive baby book. There are three modes: play, learn and parent mode. In the play mode, the child explores the interactive world. In the learn mode, there are thought bubbles that model the kinds of questions that children would have about where babies come from. In the parent mode, there are integrated parenting tips that help parents maximize the educational potential of the App. If you scroll down, you will see some of the parenting tips that are included in the App.
(Guess what? I am now represented by Joelle Delbourgo & Associates in NYC to write a parent book about sexuality!)
The App has all original and reproducible coding. We are now in a polishing phase, and once done, we will set a App Store launch date. We plan to add additional educational content, by adding pages to the baby book. Stay tuned for themes like: friendship skills, child safety, & manners.
I am happy to let you know that 10% of the App's profits will go to the Centre for OutReach Education (CORE) at the University of Victoria where I am a tenured faculty member!
I would love any feedback you would like to share with me!
Dr. Jillian Roberts
Parent Tip #1
The Facts of Life Interactive App was created by Dr. Jillian Roberts who is an internationally respected child psychologist based on the west coast of Canada. For more information please see www.drjillianroberts.com
Parent Tip #2
Research shows that children are going online at earlier and earlier ages. It is important for parents to begin talking to their children earlier about the facts of life and before children see sexual images online.
Parent Tip #3
Dr. Jillian Roberts is a tenured, research-oriented faculty member at the University of Victoria in Canada. She teaches and conducts research in areas of educational, child and health psychology. (link http://web.uvic.ca/~jjrobert/)
Parent Tip #4
Dr. Jillian Roberts developed this Facts of Life Interactive App to show parents how it is possible to begin talking about sexual education with very young children in an age-appropriate and wholesome manner.
Parent Tip #5
Dr. Jillian Roberts believes that it is possible to talk about the facts of life in a way that is fun and not awkward. This Facts of Life Interactive App helps show you how!
Parent Tip #6
Research shows that between 75% & 85% of adolescents report that they first learned about sex from a source other than their parent or teacher.
Parent Tip #7
Dr. Jillian Roberts believes that children are safest when they receive information about sexuality from their parents first. She believes that parents should be the ones guiding their children’s understanding about sexuality.
Parent Tip #8
International experts advocate for the early introduction of sexual education. Many school districts now begin sexual education in the kindergarten curriculum.
Parent Tip #9
Dr. Jillian Roberts explains that when parents talk to their children first about sexuality, it gives parents a chance to introduce and discuss their family’s cultural values around sexuality.
Parent Tip #10
Dr. Jillian Roberts warns that if parents do not talk to their children first, it is unclear how their children’s understanding of sexuality will develop. Parents will have missed an important opportunity to develop their children’s foundational understanding about sexuality.
Parent Tip #11
Dr. Jillian Roberts encourages parents to enjoy this Facts of Life Interactive App together with their young children and to begin having meaningful conversations about where babies come from.
Parent Tip #12
Research shows that children who learn about the facts of life early are better able to stay safe over time. These children have a better understanding of what is appropriate and inappropriate and they are better able to protect their boundaries.
Parent Tip #13
Dr. Jillian Roberts believes it is important for children to learn about boundaries and for children to understand that they have control of their boundaries. That is why in the Facts of Life Interactive App children get to choose whether they want to “learn more” or if they have had “enough” information. (Chris—am I using the exact language here as in the thought bubble? Perhaps we could include those red/green graphics here).
Parent Tip #14
Dr. Jillian Roberts created three modes to enjoying this Facts of Life Interactive App. Children can simply play in “play mode.” Children will learn basic information about the facts of life in “learn mode.” Parents can learn about why this App is necessary in “parent mode.”
Parent Tip #15
For more information about how to talk to your children about the facts of life, see Dr. Jillian Roberts’ book, “Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth” available at all major book stores. (link to: https://www.amazon.ca/Where-Do-Babies-Come-First/dp/1459809424)
Parent Tip #16
Orca Book Publishers publish the Just Enough Series by Dr. Jillian Roberts. (Link: www.justenough.ca). The first is this series is “Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth”. (link to: https://www.amazon.ca/Where-Do-Babies-Come-First/dp/1459809424) Did you find all the cute orcas in the App? ;)
Parent Tip #17
Dr. Jillian Roberts encourages parents to answer the questions of their children in a “just enough” manner. The Facts of Life Interactive App was developed to model to parents how to answer in this way.
Parent Tip #18
The Facts of Life Interactive App was not developed to be a comprehensive overview of sexual education. It was designed to help parents begin the conversation in a wholesome and age-appropriate way.
Parent Tip #19
When you begin talking about sexual education early, you reduce the awkwardness and embarrassment about this conversation. This allows you to have more conversations over time as your child becomes more aware and curious.
Parent Tip #20
Dr. Jillian Roberts teaches parents to encourage their children to ask as many questions as they possible can about the birds and the bees. This Facts of Life Interactive App was developed to model how to encourage this kind of curiosity.
Parent Tip #21
Dr. Jillian Roberts encourages parents to think about “the talk” as an ongoing conversation, where parents look for natural times to continue the conversation in a gentle and “just enough” manner.
Parent Tip #22
The Facts of Life Interactive App was developed to be very gentle and general in terms of the factual information provided; and to allow parents the space to initiate any family-specific conversations about medically-assisted conception or delivery, or about adoption. (Dr. Jillian Roberts is the mother of three children. Two of her children were born biologically and one was adopted at birth.)
Parent Tip #23
Dr. Jillian Roberts is working on a parenting book to provide parents with more information about how to parent their children effectively in this new hyper-sexualized internet age. You can follow Dr. Jillian Roberts on Twitter (@DrJillRoberts) to learn more about her new projects!
Parent Tip #24
The other topics in the Just Enough Series (link) include how to talk to your children about death, diversity, and divorce. Stay tuned for new books about tragedy, poverty and climate change! You can follow Dr. Jillian Roberts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Dr.JillianRoberts/) to learn more about her other projects!
Parent Tip #25
If you have any questions for Dr. Jillian Roberts, you can send them to her directly via her blog site: www.askdrjillianroberts.com!