Health, Body & Sexuality
Teen Reviewers evaluated 33 websites during the summer of 2008 for the Teen Intern Program at the Mid-Hudson Library System. Listed here are the top 10 sites, in order of ranking and with reviewers' comments.
Accurate and extensive information on a wide variety of health issues that are important to teenagers and pre-teens alike; easy to navigate and credible contacts.
Really great information that encourages healthy sexual behavior among teenagers; teens need to know how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and this site gives prevention methods, treatment options and statistics; well-designed with pictures, videos and quizzes.
Answers many questions I was afraid to ask - a site I had a hard time leaving; it's down and personal; from body image to anger management, emotional disorders to sexuality, this site's got it; best for young high school and late middle school.
Teens need to be conscious of their sexual health, and this site has a lot of good info that teens need to know about; site is cool - there's videos, cartoons and lots of information; if I wasn't working, I would have spent hours on this site.
Go Ask Alice! (from Columbia University)
Very easy to navigate and answers a large variety of questions that teens want to know about but are afraid to ask; info on everything - if your topic isn't there, you can just ask "Alice" yourself; definitely a top site; awesome!
Above the Influence
Good for teens who want to know more about drugs and alcohol, who have friends who use or who want to stop themselves from using; different ways to learn about the topic - video, quizzes, articles; makes learning about drug abuse fun.
Center for Young Women's Health
Explains issues teen girls might face; covers every topic you can think of and gives contact information; easy to navigate - all you need to do is know the first letter of what you are looking for.
MyPyramid.gov: Steps to a Healthier You
Helps people understand diets and healthy weight; useful for all ages; explains how to lose, maintain and gain weight safely; I love how it has your own food plan if you just give your height and weight.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Has every single disease and information about it; gives prevention tips, contact information and even tells about certain shots that help prevent certain diseases; also has safety, injury prevention and emergency preparedness information; more for adults but teens will have an interest.
NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse
An in depth look into many different drug types and the affects they have on the human body; also good information on treatment options for drug users, parent and teacher links and symptoms to look out for; very colorful and teen friendly.
Test Prep (S.A.T., A.C.T., G.E.D., ASVAB, etc.)
Teen Jobs / Money Matters
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