Center for Young Women's Health
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nonprofit site produced by Children's Hospital Boston covers a range of topics on girls and young women's physical and emotional health. CENTER FOR YOUNG WOMEN'S HEALTH is targeted toward young women, but also has an extensive set of "parent guides" that cover everything from keeping kids safe online to dealing with teen depression. The sexuality and health section includes frank, factual information about preventing STDs, birth control, and pregnancy options, as well as the benefits of abstinence, with a brief mention of abortion. There's also a resource page for teens questioning their sexual orientation with links to support groups and hotlines. Parents may want to review the sexuality sections, since every family has different opinions on the best approach to discussing sex and sexual health.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- handling stress
- identifying emotions
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- body awareness
- mental health
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids who know what they're looking for will find accurate, thoughtful information about the health issues they care about. The site isn't built for casual browsing, so guided use could be helpful in the classroom.
Encyclopedic site offers a good range of content that concerns its target group of teen and tween girls. The site doesn't offer any built-in teaching modules beyond some superficial quizzes and a page with articles aimed at parents.
Spanish and English versions are available for all of the written content. Parent Guides provide useful articles for parents on a wide range of issues that affect their daughters.
What's it about?
Center for Young Women's Health -- the website affiliated with the program of the same name at Children's Hospital Boston -- provides information on a wide range of health topics that are important to teen girls. There are guides and quizzes on nutrition and fitness, puberty, sexuality, and emotional health, plus information on these topics targeted to parents. Users age 13 and up can submit health questions anonymously and participate in monthly informational chats geared toward girls with certain health conditions, such as endometriosis.
Is it any good?
Girls can count on finding reliable information on Center for Young Women's Health. Intended to help girls "take an active role in their own health care," the guides cover a range of topics in both English and Spanish and are written in clear, jargon-free language. The fitness and nutrition section is particularly comprehensive, offering advice for teens on gluten-free and vegetarian diets and decoding nutrition facts on food labels. There are also helpful guides for parents and a link to the hospital's website on young men's health.
Families can talk about...
Families may want to use this site as a jumping-off point to talk about sex and sexual health. Do teens feel comfortable asking their parents questions about sexual health? Why or why not? How can parents help teens make good choices when it comes to sex and relationships?
Families can talk about how communicating about feelings is an important part of being emotionally healthy. What are some healthy ways to express yourself when you're feeling angry or sad? Who can you talk to when you need help with a problem?