What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BodiMojo provides teen-friendly information about a wide range of health danger zones, and allows teens to create their own profiles and contribute to the site. Teens will find frank discussions about drinking alcohol, dating violence, smoking, obesity, eating disorders, sex, drugs, and more. Some of the topics may not be as advice-driven as some parents would like. For example, the message on teen sex isn't abstinence. Instead it's "love can include sex in teenage relationships, but it definitely doesn't have to."
What kids can learn
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
- evaluating media messages
- social media
Health & Fitness
- mental health
- preventing sickness
- balanced diet
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Teens like self-related quizzes, and the articles have a casual tone and address relevant topics. The personalized goals page might be successful in a classroom environment with peer support.
Content could easily be spun into engaging lesson plans for life skills classes, supplementing health education with engaging online tools and games.
Without an active user community to populate forums, site support is minimal. There's no help extension, but most of the features are straightforward and easy to use.
What's it about?
Teens initial visit to BODIMOJO will most likely when they are seeking specific information on a health topic, such as body image issues like the teen Body Mass Index, or mental or sexual health information. If they register as a site user, then they can take full advantage of all this site has to offer: Creating a profile page, setting health goals, using the health tools and quizzes, and connecting with other BodiMojo members on Facebook. The site has a related iPhone app on which teens can text or email themselves positive affirmations.
Is it any good?
BODIMOJO knows teens. Many teens are likely to tap into the vast amount of non-preachy, accurate health information here as needed because they're first introduced to it in a personal way. Teens can create their own profile page, set their own health goals, use the health tools, and connect with other BodiMojo members on Facebook. The site has a related iPhone app, and teens can text or email themselves positive affirmations: multi-platform use at its finest.
Online interaction: The ability to connect with friends and via Facebook will make this site attractive to social networking teens. Personal goals can be listed for all members to see, or kept private. Friends can send each other "virtual gifts" like little smiley icons.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how to distinguish between factual health information and myths. How do you know a source is accurate? How can you tell what's opinion and what's fact? How will your teen go about making choices about their own mental, physical, and emotional health once they know the facts?
You may want to read some of the articles here together -- especially those about sex, drugs, and alcohol -- to open the dialogue about your personal views on some of those issues. Listen for their views, too. There's a lot more to healthy choices than just having the facts and, believe it or not, parents' opinions often make a difference to a teen's choice.