New survey to help develop innovative parenting app
Parents, caregivers and pregnant women across Western Australia are being encouraged to participate in a survey to help develop a new smartphone app that will deliver accessible parenting support information and support from trusted sources.
CoLab, in partnership with other providers, is developing the innovative app to give parents and caregivers access to plain language quality evidence-based information to help support their children’s development from conception to eight years of age.
CoLab Director Professor Donna Cross said research showed Dr Google was a popular source of information for Australian parents who were worried about their children’s health, but it was not trusted.
Professor Cross said research from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, found that three in five parents used websites, blogs and online forums to get child health information in the previous six months – but 30 per cent of parents did not trust these sites at all.
“We know parents access information online, but they report having little trust in the information they are getting from online sources. Providing credible information that families tell us they need is key to CoLab’s mission."
Professor Cross said the CoLab team had examined existing national and international technology-based communication mechanisms and research to identify the best ways to help parents search for information, make information available “in the moment”, find and access suitable services, and track milestones and events throughout their children’s development.
“Now we need input from parents and caregivers across the State to help us identify the features they would most like to see in the app, as well as the types of information that will be of most help to them,” she said,