KidsHealth.org/kid

Common Sense Media says

The doc is in with kid-friendly health advice.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This site makes health information accessible and palatable to kids.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this ad-free site, developed by the highly respected Nemours Foundation and regularly reviewed by health care professionals, dishes easy-to-digest health information for kids. Topics range from a breakdown of everyday illnesses and injuries to advice for those with problems in school such as cheating and getting along with teachers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis

Science

  • biology

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Accessible health site features informative, kid-friendly articles, quizzes, games and an "icky Q&A" section on what earwax is, what to do if you swallowed a bug, and more.

Learning Approach

In the kid-centric section, a dictionary explains key medical terms and games stress the importance of healthy eating and regular sleep. Kids and teens can opt to listen to a narrator read certain articles out loud.

Support

Some articles are translated into Spanish. There's a handy glossary to decode any unfamiliar medical jargon. One of the coolest features of the site is My Body, where you can scroll over a diagram of a body to get more information.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis

Science

  • biology

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness

Kids can learn health facts, tips, and other information about subjects including feelings, staying healthy, and illness on the kids' version of KidsHealth.org. Safety issues like playing outdoors and healthy recipes are also covered; an "icky Q&A" section also offers info on what earwax is, what to do if you swallowed a bug, and more. A separate site for teens focuses on topics for a more mature audience -- including sexual health issues, driving, and dealing with anxiety. The information found here does a good job of addressing concerns like fad diets, diabetes, and quitting smoking.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

KIDSHEALTH.ORG, from Nemours, a nonprofit pediatric health organization founded in 1936, features easy-to-understand information on mental and physical health issues. Sections focus on three audiences -- kids, teens, and parents -- and feature articles, quizzes, and games addressing body image, nutrition, and other topics. Kids and teens can learn more about how to deal with their feelings and stay healthy; issues such as overeating and bullying are also addressed in articles written by physicians and essays from teens.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Articles (some are translated into Spanish) are easy to read and understand, and don't talk down to kids. And, there's always "Word!" -- a handy glossary to decode any unfamiliar medical jargon if you get confused. One of the coolest features of the site is My Body, where you can scroll over a diagram of a body to get more information on certain body parts or link to articles on the subject.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kids should do when they have a medical or health question. Who can they trust to ask questions and get good advice?

  • Why is it important to ask questions when they arise, no matter how embarrassing, rather than hold them in?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old April 5, 2010
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7
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Great info source!

AWESOME!THIS TELLS ME GREAT FACTS!!!!!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 9 and 14 year old Written byLeighj October 15, 2009
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8
QUALITY
 

Great health site for kids

I am a bit partial to this site as I was one of the developers of the site years ago. It is a GREAT site full of health information. There are a few quirks in navigation but for most you'll not see much of a problem. The content is safe for most kids and written at their level. Parents can also benefit from a read through as the explainations may help you figure out how to explain various health issues to kids

Kid, 10 years old Written bydiary789 March 27, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Yay

I love this site!!!! I go on this like every day!

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