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App review: TalkSooner

Among the dozens of apps out there for parents seeking information and advice about preventing alcohol and drug use in their children, the new kid on the block is TalkSooner – a free app for parents.

This app is well structured and includes information and advice on drugs and alcohol as well as strategies for parents to engage with and guide their children. Most of the content is accurate and useful, and covers some lesser known substances (in Australia) such as sizzurp and wax marijuana, but it should equally be noted that the expectation of abstinence message is strong, with a sample contract between child and parent just one example of where the language leans a little too far into judgement.

Read the full review.