BodiMojo

Common Sense Media says

Frank and factual information about teen health issues.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teens need to take charge of their own health with solid facts along with goal setting, self-affirmation, and good decision-making.

Violence

Frank discussions about teen dating abuse.

Sex

The site says it will discuss sexual health topics such as STDs, sexting, teen pregnancy, sexual orientation and coming out of the closet, puberty, safer sex, birth control, condoms, menstruation, and body changes. The site says "Too often teenagers get (mis)information about sexual health from the media, without a true understanding of the reproductive health facts or about what healthy relationships are."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Nothing to buy with real money here. Teens can earn points and buy little icons for their online friends. It's unclear whether advertising will become part of the site after it moves out of Beta.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frank discussion about the health dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol, drugs. There's an article on decriminalizing marijuana.

Privacy & safety

Good privacy controls. To register, members need to enter their first and last names, email address, zip code, gender, and age, but they can make up any screen name for their profile. Anything teens want kept private on the site, they can label with a purple padlock icon. Articles published contain first name, last initial, age, and potentially a photo. Site conforms to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). No parental controls. Parents need not be notified when a teen creates an account here. The site's terms state that you must be 13 to be permitted to use the site.

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

Skills

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • meditation
  • mental health
  • preventing sickness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

 

Learning Approach

Content could easily be spun into engaging lesson plans for life skills classes, supplementing health education with engaging online tools and games.

Support

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 kids can learn

Skills

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • exercise
  • fitness
  • meditation
  • mental health
  • preventing sickness

Teens can learn how to live a healthy, active life, as well as how to set goals and make good choices. Teens are encouraged to make their own thoughtful decisions with solid information. Teens can learn about specific body-mind topics including drinking alcohol, violence in relationships, smoking, eating disorders, and more. Teens also practice showing respect for others as people share their different thoughts on these topics, as well as share their goals and problems with each other online. An array of physical, mental, and emotional health topics await, with lots of recommendations about how to find more.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

  • Discuss how the media may impact your teen's health, especially relating to body image and sex. Read Common Sense Media's Sex and Media Tips and Sex, Gender, and Body Image.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK 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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Parent Written byfrazzledad June 6, 2011
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13
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great site for self evaluation and positive reinforcement

BodiMojo is a great multi tool teen site that provides lots of self help tools and positive messages.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byMillyMolly September 15, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Great website love it

really cool and fun, with quizzes! :D
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent Written bySmartMomz June 7, 2011
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14
QUALITY
 

BodiMojo Worth Checking Out

BodiMojo provides online motivation and content to help motivate teens toward healthy behavior. A valuable resource for parents and teens alike.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages

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