Center for Young Women's Health

Common Sense Media says

Helpful health site discusses the facts of life and more.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages girls and young women to take an active role in their health care by being informed and seeking help when necessary. It takes a straightforward, nonjudgmental approach.

Violence

Some discussion of abuse in relationships -- physical, emotional, sexual.

Sex

The site includes factual information about birth control, STD prevention, and pregnancy options, including a brief mention of abortion. It also discusses the benefits of abstinence as well as the potentially negative consequences of having sex. One section discusses lesbian health.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site is nonprofit; it does have links to their social media pages on  Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The site discusses the dangers of smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.

Privacy & safety
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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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • biology

Skills

Emotional Development

  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • mental health
  • balanced diet
  • body awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • biology

Skills

Emotional Development

  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Health & Fitness

  • fitness
  • mental health
  • balanced diet
  • body awareness

Kids can learn factual information about puberty, pregnancy and STD prevention, emotional health, fitness, nutrition, and other health topics on this website geared toward teen girls. (It also links to a companion site for teen boys and includes guides for parents.) Produced by Children's Hospital Boston, Center for Young Women's Health encourages girls to make responsible decisions and take control of their health. The site is comprehensive, clear, and non-judgmental, provides a credible source of information for teens and their parents.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Great girl role models
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old September 24, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Great health site

Good site about puberty and health, and its giving me tips. I am already in stage 4 of puberty, and a lot of girls my age (My DOB is 9/20/98) are junior to me, so they can ask questions to the girls who are rather advanced in development (like me).
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Kid, 10 years old June 14, 2011
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9
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awesome

i learned a lot about myself by this website :)
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Kid, 11 years old September 30, 2010
AGE
9
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Good1

This website helped me learn about myself, And it helped me a lot with my personal life.. I have all 4 stages of girl stuff.. And it's like i know nothing about it
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