By Kristen Fritz
Kids are curious about their health and how their bodies work; especially when they get to their teen years. The Internet has become a way of life when it comes to searching for information, but search engines may not always populate the most accurate information. So how can parents be sure that their children are accessing the right resources in regards to their health and wellbeing? Well, now there are various kid-friendly health websites that children can go to for reliable and helpful information that parents can feel confident about.
Some of these sites can even be accessed on the Kids Peace website, a great resource for kids and parents to use.
This site provides a wealth of information for kids and adults. Kids can find what it means to hiccup or what it means to be "big boned," while there is a section that explains adult health problems such as Alzheimer's and heart disease. In the teen section, you will find more mature material, such as information on relationships, drugs and sexual health. Just so parents can trust the information their kids are reading, all information is created by health professionals and underwritten by the Nemours Foundation.
Go Ask Alice!
This website is geared more toward teens and college-aged students. Go Ask Alice answers users' health-related questions. There are more than 1,000 questions on file that fall into these categories: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, General Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, and Relationships and Sexual & Reproductive Health. You can submit your own question if you can't find one that already exists. Each week, a panel of health professionals answers new questions, and answers in the database are periodically reviewed and updated. The site also contains quizzes and polls and is written and produced by Columbia University.
BAM! Body and Mind
Need to know how to deal with a bully? Ever wonder what fungus and bacteria may be lurking in the locker room? Well, this fun site is a perfect place for teens to explore health, fitness and social questions that includes an A-Z index at the top of the site. Articles and quizzes are written by professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Kids' Quest
The CDC's Kids' Quest site offers basic facts on mental health conditions, such as ADHD, Autism and Tourette Syndrome, and physical health concerns, such as vision and hearing loss. It also includes quizzes that help kids sort fact from fiction and suggested books and bios of famous people who had these health challenges. This website was also created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.