Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1: Written iPhone App Review
The awkwardness of the subject of pubescent changes in young girls is tackled head on by Leslie Dixon’s Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1 iOS app. Through this app, mother-daughter conversations focused on the subject of bodily changes inevitable during puberty are encouraged; such topics range from the growth of breasts to how to avoid getting cut while shaving one’s legs. Other apps in the Birds & Bees Connection series include several ones for boys, as well as a few more extension apps to this “Part 1” of the girl’s topics.
This app is meant to be used just as its name suggests. Specifically, this app’s features are all aimed at making the “puberty conversations” between mothers and their tween daughters to go as smoothly as possible. The characters in Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1 are arguably adorable—a cartoon mother and her cartoon daughter lead users through this app. Each featured topic includes both written and audio information to questions and answers about multiple applicable topics, ranging from the onset of acne to dealing with emotional changes to managing body odor. Along with basic information provided for each topic, the app also provides potential “discussion” options in order to encourage communication between mothers and daughters. Such discussion stimulators include talking about healthy eating choices or coming up with a face-washing (anti-acne) plan.
Appearance and Layout:
Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1 is perfectly designed for an app of its genre. Cartoon-character illustrations and brightly colored graphics make this app fun to use—a huge bonus for a potentially awkward app. Additionally, light-hearted music plays throughout the background of the entire app. The overall layout of this app is also extremely straightforward. A main screen allows users to go directly to specific topics, while in-app navigation can be done through using arrow buttons on each screen. Overall, I really couldn’t find any flaws in the layout of Birds & Bees Connection; it was logically designed and seemed simple enough for tweens and new-to-iOS-devices mothers alike.
The price for this app is currently set at $0.99, and for mothers/daughters who are in the target audience for Birds & Bees, this minimal price will probably be considered to be well worth paying. Birds & Bees provides simple, straight-forward answers to some potentially difficult to explain questions, while also encouraging mother-daughter bonding time. However, it should still be noted that the target audience for this app is still relatively slim, and anyone outside of this audience will probably not have any reason to invest in this app.
Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1 iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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