If your children are going to be connected, you should want them do so in a positive, creative and self-expressive environment, free from bullying and other negativity. That’s what Catherine Connors, co-founder of the recently released Maverick app, is banking on. She tells us all about the app and her philosophy on the latest Modern Dads Podcast.
Maverick is an online community aimed at tween and teen girls. In addition to interacting on it with other connected friends, old and new, Maverick allows users to browse videos from “inspiring influencers and role models, respond to interesting challenges” and earn badges for their accomplishments.
In a news release about the app from earlier this year, Connors stated: “The research on girls’ social development has shown us the same thing for decades. During early adolescence, the majority of girls stop raising their hands, participating in sports and extracurricular activities, taking risks, and stepping into leadership roles. In short, they stop believing in themselves. And it’s not because we don’t tell them that they should believe in themselves — it’s that they don’t get enough real opportunity to prove to themselves that they can.”
She later told Variety in an April 27 online article, “It came out of this ongoing observation that although there’s a lot of really great work being done by girl organizations … none of those organizations were really able to meet girls where they are in digital spaces.”
Connors, a former Disney Interactive editor-in-chief, is better known to old-school bloggers as the former editor-in-chief of the parenting website Babble and the writer behind the parenting blog Her Bad Mother, named of one Time magazine’s top 25 blogs of 2012.