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The doc is in with kid-friendly health advice.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn health facts, tips, and other information about subjects including feelings, staying healthy, and illness on the kids' version of KidsHealth.org. Safety issues like playing outdoors and healthy recipes are also covered; an "icky Q&A" section also offers info on what earwax is, what to do if you swallowed a bug, and more. A separate site for teens focuses on topics for a more mature audience -- including sexual health issues, driving, and dealing with anxiety. The information found here does a good job of addressing concerns like fad diets, diabetes, and quitting smoking.

Positive messages

This site makes health information accessible and palatable to kids.

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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'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?

QUALITY

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?

Website details

Subjects:Science: biology
Language & Reading: reading comprehension, text analysis
Skills:Health & Fitness: balanced diet, body awareness
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 9 and 14 year old Written byLeighj October 15, 2009

Great health site for kids

I am a bit partial to this site as I was one of the developers of the site years ago. It is a GREAT site full of health information. There are a few quirks in navigation but for most you'll not see much of a problem. The content is safe for most kids and written at their level. Parents can also benefit from a read through as the explainations may help you figure out how to explain various health issues to kids
Kid, 10 years old April 25, 2014
I think this website is great for teaching children about heath conditions that children have and that some people do not understand therefore i would recommend this website for families,children,and schools. I would like my teacher to use this website to teach us about health conditions.
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Kid, 9 years old July 26, 2013

Great Website

It's a great informative website for any kid that's curious about health, and they have great articles. For younger kids, maybe monitor so that they don't go into puberty and growing up, or topics that require more maturity. A great website for kids overall.
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