What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this ad-free site, developed by the highly respected Nemours Foundation and regularly reviewed by health care professionals, dishes easy-to-digest health information for kids. Topics range from a breakdown of everyday illnesses and injuries to advice for those with problems in school such as cheating and getting along with teachers.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- text analysis
Responsibility & Ethics
- learning from consequences
- making wise decisions
Health & Fitness
- body awareness
- balanced diet
Engagement, Approach, Support
Accessible health site features informative, kid-friendly articles, quizzes, games and an "icky Q&A" section on what earwax is, what to do if you swallowed a bug, and more.
In the kid-centric section, a dictionary explains key medical terms and games stress the importance of healthy eating and regular sleep. Kids and teens can opt to listen to a narrator read certain articles out loud.
Some articles are translated into Spanish. There's a handy glossary to decode any unfamiliar medical jargon. One of the coolest features of the site is My Body, where you can scroll over a diagram of a body to get more information.
What's it about?
KIDSHEALTH.ORG, from Nemours, a nonprofit pediatric health organization founded in 1936, features easy-to-understand information on mental and physical health issues. Sections focus on three audiences -- kids, teens, and parents -- and feature articles, quizzes, and games addressing body image, nutrition, and other topics. Kids and teens can learn more about how to deal with their feelings and stay healthy; issues such as overeating and bullying are also addressed in articles written by physicians and essays from teens.
Is it any good?
Articles (some are translated into Spanish) are easy to read and understand, and don't talk down to kids. And, there's always "Word!" -- a handy glossary to decode any unfamiliar medical jargon if you get confused. One of the coolest features of the site is My Body, where you can scroll over a diagram of a body to get more information on certain body parts or link to articles on the subject.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what kids should do when they have a medical or health question. Who can they trust to ask questions and get good advice?
Why is it important to ask questions when they arise, no matter how embarrassing, rather than hold them in?