A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Rather than just telling teens, "don't do drugs," the site explains the science behind how drug abuse can be physically and psychologically harmful.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
This site is all about drinking, drugs, and smoking, but the information is fact-based and educational, and does not glorify substance use.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heads Up is a collaboration between Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse that teaches teens about the dangers of drug abuse. The site's tone, reading level, and style seem targeted to young teens and up, but parents may find the information useful for younger kids as well.
Is It Any Good?
Sites about drugs and alcohol sometimes run the risk of turning off teens with their simplistic "just say no" messages. HEADS UP takes a more sophisticated approach, explaining the science behind how drugs affect the brain and body through interviews with experts, interactive features, and an engaging blog. The site also offers helpful resources for educators.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.