Links to Share with Your Kids
The following information and recommended websites are reliable and safe resources for your tweens and teens. Before sending your child to these sites, take a look at them and make sure that you are comfortable with the content. Some of these sites are more appropriate to older teens.
Keeping your body and mind healthy is a critical step to a long and rewarding life. With all of the pressure and influences that you are experiencing at this time in your life, you may overlook the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The resources below provide a comprehensive look at issues that are important to you. Learn how to take control of your health and safety and to make informed decisions throughout your life. If you are concerned about your health or body, make sure to discuss it with your parents, a trusted adult, or your doctor.
General Health Sites
TeensHealth: Learn about all aspects of your health through this comprehensive site. It offers information on food, fitness, infections, school, work and more. Try out some of the recipes with your friends and family- they even have options for those with special dietary needs!
We Are Talking-Teen Health: This site guides you through general health, emotional health and sexual health. With topics from stress to body art, this site is a great resource for any teen!
Girls Health: Just for girls! From fitness and nutrition to emotions and safety, this site has the information you need to learn how to improve or maintain your health on all levels.
MedlinePlus: Use this encyclopedia to learn about any health topic you have questions about. If you are concerned about your health or body, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Take Charge of Your Health-A Guide for Teenagers: Are you ready to take charge of decisions that affect your health?
Teen Mental Health: Being a teenager is hard. You're under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family, and make big decisions. You can't avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem.
Bullying and Harassment.
Dealing with Bullying: Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end.
Cyberbullying FAQ For Teens: Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens.
Surviving Cyberbullying: Most teens know about cyberbullying. This article has some suggestions on what to do if you, or someone you know, is involved.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying: Did you know that in high school (and middle school), some bullies use sexual messages or actions to make a person feel intimidated, small, or uncomfortable? This article from Teens Health tells you what you need to know and what you can do if you or someone you care about is being sexually harassed or bullied.
Teen Sexual Health: During your teens you go through puberty and become sexually mature. If you're a girl, you develop breasts and begin to get your period. If you're a boy, your penis and testicles become larger. Whether you choose to have sex or not, it is a good idea to know about safe sex and how sex affects your health.
Sex, etc: This site was created for you by other teens to answer questions you have about sexual health. Get honest answers about sex, your changing body and how to make the best decisions. The site is a resource from Rutgers University.
I Wanna Know: Get all the answers you are looking for about sexual health on this site. Receive information about safety, relationships, self-image, pregnancy and more.
Planned Parenthood Info for Teens: Curious about your body, relationships and sex? This site helps you learn more and help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.
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