Experts and eaders - Take on TeenBook
Dr Shishir Palsapure, psychotherapist, life skills trainer, Associate Fellow and Supervisor at Albert Ellis Institute, New York and founder of CORE programme for schools says, “Essential life skills and self-management tools are like shock-ups on your bike. They don't repair the path but make your ride smoother."
Dr V. Chandramouli, who works on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Department of Reproductive Health and Research says, “Parents and guardians and have an important role to play in educating their children about menstruation, especially as COVID-19 school closures reduce access to comprehensive sexuality education.”
Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of Population Foundation of India says: "This work greatly matters for young people. The proliferation of the internet and unfettered access to digital content by adolescents reiterates the urgent need for online knowledge hubs such as the TeenBook. Such platforms provide adolescents the opportunity to equip themselves with accurate information as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Digital literacy will be the new normal in the post-COVID-19 era and platforms like Teenbook are a firm step in the right direction.”
Vikas Malik, father of a 13 year old girl: “As a parent of a teenage daughter Teenbook seems to me as an incredible platform. Teenage is the beginning of the journey towards adulthood for a child. These are life shaping years and as a parent we would want to help our child during these development years but are mostly unsure of how to go about it. The reference point is our own teenage experience which is quite outmoded in this new social media age. For a parent, Teenbook will surely be a very useful resource for us and will be a part of our child’s journey through these wonder years. This platform can go a long way in helping teens to deal with all the physical and emotional experiences of teenage.”
Nidhi Tiwari, mother of a 12 year old girl and a 5 year old boy says:“Teenbook is every parent’s dream come true website. I bet most parents have always wanted some Genie to help them when their kids surprise them with questions like - “Mom, what is F-word?” “Dad, why Vian has a moustache and I don’t?” Or when you hear you teenager confess to his friend that he has a crush on someone? I bet we all fumble and wonder how to handle such situations or how to answer these never -ending questions. Don’t we all secretly wish that there was a resource or website - just for teenagers- where they get answers to all these questions in a reliable, non-judgemental way? Teenbook does exactly this! It’s a resource on everything teen. And the best part is - it’s not a one way conversation to just teenagers. It’s actually a wonderful resource for parents too to help us understand what our teenager is going through and how he/she is feeling!”
Rohit Dhawan, a father of a 10 year old girl says, “So glad to see that there's an authentic source that is trying to normalise conversations like menstruation, sexuality, infatuation, etc that young kids come across while growing up.”
Manohar ji, a teacher at a government school at Rajasthan says, “Children are not able to openly talk about sexual curiosities in front of their parents, who also often feel awkward themselves. This resource would actually be of great help to parents and teachers in having these conversations with the children. TeenBook will especially be useful for children in rural areas, providing them with information on adolescent issues, which they may find difficult access to find elsewhere.”
Ridhi, 13, says, “The website is amazing! Pretty good for teenagers. The website provides all the necessary guidelines and tackles most of the problems faced by teenagers. It has an interactive approach and is very relatable."
Sanket, 16, says, “It is a very different site. Really important for teenagers especially who have problems in discussing things with other people.”
Saatvik, 16, says, “This website is amazing , it's very relatable and with the society moving towards a tech-driven culture it's perfect for the young teenagers.”