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Recent studies have found that puberty is occurring much earlier today than in preceding generations. What are the causes of this accelerated path to maturity? How are we educating children about puberty – and how well are schools, parents and carers equipped to help children cross this vital bridge to adulthood?

Host Madeleine Morris is joined by a panel of experts to discuss what to expect, and how to survive puberty today. Put your questions to Amanda Dunn, journalist and author of The New Puberty; adolescent psychologist and author Michael Carr-Gregg; and Benjamin Law, whose recent Quarterly Essay, Moral Panic 101, delved into the bruising ideological fight over Australia’s Safe Schools programme.


Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow ... Read more

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia (2012), the Quarterly Essay Moral Panic (2017) and editor of Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). He’s also an AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter who created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning TV series The Family Law (SBS... Read more

Michael Carr-Gregg

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg works as a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist who is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology workshops and seminars that make a difference to the health and well-being of young people. His training and approach incorporates cognitive behaviour... Read more

Amanda Dunn

Amanda Dunn is the politics and society editor for the Conversation. Prior to that, she was a reporter and editor with the Age for 16 years. She is the author of The New Puberty, released 2017.


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