Puberty is an important time when kids become adults. We were inspired to develop this app because so many students at our school didn't understand how to survive and handle puberty. We found students aren't comfortable with their bodies and the majority of parents don't feel very comfortable talking to their kids about sexual health. Young people should learn to love their unique bodies. We want everyone to accept that it is okay to be shorter or taller, thinner or heavier, or more or less developed. No matter who you are, we want you to grow into adults who want to keep their bodies strong and healthy. Everyone should be taught how the body functions when it's healthy, how to keep it healthy, and what to do when your body is not healthy. Some changes that we worry about, such as acne, will come and go, so we don't want kids to feel insecure about them. Feelings of body insecurity can start as young as nine or 10 years old. The lack of confidence and the goal of being perfect develops during puberty, so while the brain is still developing kids should know what to expect so these changes can seem less weird or stressful.
What it does
Our app gives basic information about changes that your body undergoes during puberty. We linked every area of interest to websites, tips, testimonials, or videos. The purpose of the links are to help kids realize that they aren't alone and changes are normal. The links also allow kids to fully understand the changes that are happening and why. The app can even assist parents in having "the talk"with their kids.
Challenges we ran into
The one challenge we ran into was how to brainstorm an effective way to teach other kids about their bodies and how to promote self-love.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We created an app that can be very empowering for young people and their families. We learned how to use MIT App Inventor to build an easy-to-use tool that any young person can use. We worked as a team to contribute important pieces to the project.
What we learned
We learned that emotional and physical changes are normal and we all go through the same emotional withdrawal and worries during puberty. We also learned how how to communicate and compromise so that everyone could play a role and be valued in the project.
What's next for Human Nature
In the future we would like to see Human Nature in the hands of Americans everywhere. We would also love the opportunity to provide a curriculum for sexual and health education for community organizations.