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"Children and Adolescents Rarely Get Information about Good Health Apps"

"Children and Adolescents Rarely Get Information about Good Health Apps"

Health apps for children and adolescents are entering the market. They differ enormously in quality. In the Tutzinger Diskurs, Dr. Claudia Lampert explains how to make the App Store more transparent.

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You also criticise the fact that the range of health apps is currently very confusing. For this reason, you plead for the further development of quality standards and guideline services. What should they actually look like so that they are noticed not only by adults but also by young people?
 
One could, for example, start directly in the app stores and create more transparency so that children and adolescents can make a better, more informed choice. The problem, however, is that young people and children rarely receive information about what constitutes a good or serious health app. Surely the opinions of young people and adults often differ. Nevertheless, I would find a kind of an app test or review by young people and according to certain criteria useful. In the area of computer games, the participation of adolescents in the assessment has proved very successful. I could imagine a similar approach for health apps.
 
You can read the complete interview here.

(28 August 2019)

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