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: choicesmag@scholastic.com. We're always open to suggestions!

 


General

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.

The Health Teacher: Health teacher (and Choices blogger) Amy Lauren Smith shares insight into how to make your curriculum current, relevant, and adaptable.


Fitness & Nutrition

MyPlate: Want to follow the MyPlate method and its nutritional guidelines? Everything you need to know is on this site.

HealthCorpsThis non-profit organization is leading a nationwide movement toward a new generation of healthy young people.


Anti-Bullying

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.


Mental Health

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.


Drug Prevention

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.


Grief

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.


Relationships & Sex Ed.

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.


Driving Safety

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.


Technology

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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