It's My Life

 

Learning(i)

Solid tween advice site talks about everything.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's My Life encourages kids to be healthy and make responsible decisions.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that topics on this wonderful advice and information site include alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and celebrity drug abuse as well as issues related to puberty and dating. There's a lot of helpful information and advice for tweens and teens about school, friends, family, emotions, and money. Every game teaches kids about something from saving money to handling a tough friend. There's no advertising on the site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness
  • mental health

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Hosted by PBS, It's My Life is the place to go to get straight-up advice and information that tweens are looking for.

Learning Approach

Kids will learn from interactive content that helps them develop life skills and make responsible decisions. Tweens can learn how to cope with issues by reading advice from teen mentors and reflecting on their own experiences.

Support

There are places to ask questions and submit comments. Questions are answered by both teen mentors and qualified adult experts. It's My Life also provides plenty of additional resources, from crisis hotlines to writing exercises.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • handling stress
  • identifying emotions

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness
  • mental health

Kids can learn how to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence on this educational PBS site. It's My Life provides factual information on topics like nutrition, puberty, and money management, plus advice on common tween issues like feeling lonely, dealing with bullies, and fighting with parents. Kids will find a wide range of activities, including games, videos, quizzes, and places to ask questions and submit comments. It's My Life is a credible, compassionate guide to growing up.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

What's it about?

IT'S MY LIFE is divided into clear categories that have articles on tween-related topics plus relevant games, suggestions for offline activities, videos, and information on where to get help. The \"Body\" section is mostly about puberty, eating disorders, and alcohol abuse. \"Emotions\" offers articles on dealing with death, depression, and anger. The \"Advice\" area features all kinds of questions, from dating to health. The \"Dating\" ones focus on kissing and flirting and crushes and go no further. Questions are answered by both teen mentors and qualified adult experts. If you click on the \"Celebs\" tab, you'll see brief interviews where celebrities reveal their thoughts about growing up and what they had to go through when they were kids. There are also videos where kids discuss all kinds of topics.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Hosted by PBS, It's My Life is the place to go to get straight-up advice and information that tweens are looking for. Some of the games are a little preachy but others are super, such as challenging kids to get around school without being late for class. (Keep an eye out for bullies and avoid the spot where the guy just barfed.)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the topics raised on the site. Do you want a boyfriend or girlfriend? Why or why not?

  • What would you do if you had a million dollars? What was your most embarrassing moment at school? If you could be any other age, what would it be?

Website details

Genre:Educational
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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Kid, 10 years old April 3, 2014
age 10+
 
LEARNING

Awesome

It's My Life is a fun-filled informational website. It talks about things like dreams, eating disorders, money management, and (not to) use drugs or smoke. Some tweens will be skeptical on topics like drugs and 9/11. This website is another option to Kids Health. The games are educational and fun. To save and share things, you have to create an account. A winner.
What other families should know
Great messages
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Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2013
age 10+
 

Great Website!

It is good for kids because they will need to know how to handle situations that are hard to explain.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byminnie95 September 8, 2013
age 9+
 

good but could be better..

it is a good website but yet i think they could of added more to it..
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