A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this educational health site produced by Children’s Hospital Boston includes health guides for young men on a wide range of topics, including general physical health, emotional health, and sexual health. There are also a few guides aimed at parents. The sexuality and health section includes factual information about birth control and STD prevention and offers resources for teens who are unsure of their sexual orientation. 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's it about?
Young Men'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 boys. There are guides 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.
Is it any good?
Although it has fewer interactive features than its sister site Young Women's Health, YOUNG MEN'S HEALTH takes the same straightforward approach to educating teens about physical, emotional, and sexual health. A project of Children's Hospital Boston, the site encourages teen and preteen boys to read up on health issues ranging from asthma to STD prevention -- and to seek help when they need it. The guides are clear and comprehensive, recognizing that positive relationships, communication, and self-esteem are just as important as good nutrition and regular checkups when it comes to young men's health.
Talk to your kids 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 teens can express themselves when they're feeling angry or sad? Who can they talk to when they need help with a problem?