These Scholastic Choices-approved resources are fully vetted by our team.* With one-third of all teens turning to the Internet for health advice (and two-thirds of adults!), knowing what is reliable has never been more important. That's why we're sharing our go-to resources. Our list includes all the major categories that affect teen well-being—physical, mental, and emotional health. Spread the word!
If you feel like we're missing anything important, feel free to send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always open to suggestions!
• MedlinePlus: All of the results for this vetted search engine have been reviewed to ensure they're accurate, current, and objective.
• DoSomething.org: With over 4 million members, this is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change.
• KidsHealth: KidsHealth is the most-visited site for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
• BrainPop: This site engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more.
• MyPlate: Want to follow the MyPlate method and its nutritional guidelines? Everything you need to know is on this site.
• HealthCorps: This non-profit organization is leading a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people.
• StopBullying.gov: Government agencies provide info about what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
• Stomp Out Bullying: The website for the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens.
• PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center: PACER provides digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth to help address and prevent bullying.
• Cyberbullying Research Center: The site features facts, figures, and detailed stories about cyberbullying, as well as resources to prevent and respond to online incidents.
• WeStopHate: This anti-bullying group is dedicated to raising self-esteem in teens through various social media platforms that engage teens to help each other gain confidence.
• iFred: The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression shines a positive light on depression and aims to eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research, and education
• ReachOut: This non-profit organization meets youth where they are to deliver peer support and mental health information in a safe and supportive online space.
• The Crisis Text Line: Make sure teens know about this free, 24/7 text line that provides emotional support to those in crisis.
• National Institute of Mental Health: A government organization focused on transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.
• To Write Love On Her Arms: TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
• NIDA for Teens: Created for middle and high school students and their teachers, this website provides accurate and timely information about drug prevention that can be used in and out of the classroom.
• Truth: This campaign is dedicated to putting an end to teen smoking and provides the facts about tobacco that everyone should know.
• Partnership for Drug Free Kids: An organization dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.
• Too Damn Young: An online resource and community for grieving teens and young adults to let them know they're not alone. The site features expert articles, personal accounts, fiction, poems, and more.
• What's Your Grief?: Started by two mental health professionals who each dealt with the loss of a parent, this site's mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
• Hospice of the Valley: This organization provides a slew of resources for teens coping with grief, as well as for the adults in their lives.
• The Dougy Center: A collection of resources from the National Center for Grieving Children & Families for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families.
• StayTeen: The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage youth to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. Created by The National Campaign, the site features facts and resources to help teens make informed decisions.
• Loveisrespect: Its mission is to engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. The site provides comprehensive education on healthy, unhealth,y and abusive dating relationships and behaviors.
• Keys2Drive: This is AAA's guide to teen safety behind the wheel. It's filled with tools and resources for new drivers and the adults in their lives.
• The National Road Safety Foundation: The NRSF created "Teen Lane" as a resource to help tweens and teens learn everything they need to know about driving safety.
• TeenDriving.com: Safety tips and advice for teen drivers, as well as their parents. Resources include a Teen Driving Contract and an "Are You A Safe Driver?" checklist.
• NSTeens.org: A site dedicated to teaching teens about Internet safety. It includes animated videos, short films, games, and interactive comics, as well as teaching materials for educators.
• Staying Safe While Staying Connected: An info packet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network featuring facts and tips for how adolescents can stay safe online.
• The Family Online Safety Institute: FOSI provides ways that adults and teens can clear up their digital footprint online and maintain proper privacy settings.
* Note: If something isn't on this list, it doesn't mean that source isn't reliable. These are just the ones that we compiled and approved. We'll frequently be updating this page.
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