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Toolkit: For Parents and Teens

For Parents and TeensParents and teens need to know about adolescent development! Here are a few reliable, informative websites for parents and reliable, youth-friendly websites for teens.

Parent Resources

Child Development

These pages offer information on developmental milestones, and include parenting tips and resources. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Parent Information: Teens

Written for parents of teens, these web pages provide information on important issues such as diseases, safety, healthy development, risk behavior, and school health. Resources include fact sheets, videos, and social media tools. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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This parent website offers information on adolescent development, dating and sex, nutrition, fitness, safety, school, substance abuse, and health issues. It also provides parenting strategies and tips. American Academy of Pediatrics.


Raising Teens: Five Basics of Parenting Adolescents

The Raising Teens Project has identified five significant ways in which parents can influence healthy adolescent development. MIT.

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Parenting in Context

This project offers several fact sheets for parents of adolescents as well as research briefs for educators working with parents. College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.


Families with Teens: Parent Resources

This website provides a range of parent resources on adolescent development, substance abuse, school success, parent-child communication, technology, and more. Many resources are available in Spanish. University of Minnesota Extension.



Using a developmental asset framework, this site includes many resources on adolescent development as well as parenting tips and strategies on how to deal with hot topics. Search Institute.


The Teen Brain

This guide discusses brain development and its effects on adolescent behavior, as well as the effects of drugs on the brain and teen moods. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.


Youth Resources

ACT Youth Network

This site provides teens with information on leadership, relationships, sexual health, and stress. ACT for Youth.



This comprehensive, interactive website is designed for teens, younger children, and parents. The teen pages offer information on a range of issues and topics related to health, social life, school, and career planning. Nemours Foundation.



This interactive website for girls ages 10-16 covers a wide range of topics, including health, body, nutrition, emotions, relationships, bullying, and more. Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Center for Young Women's Health

Topics on this interactive site for teen girls and young women include nutrition and fitness, sexuality and sexual health, general health and development, and emotional health. Many materials are available in Spanish. Boston Children's Hospital.

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Young Men's Health

Topics on this interactive site for teen guys and young men include nutrition and fitness, sexuality and sexual health, general health and development, and emotional health. Boston Children's Hospital.



Created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people, this website takes a holistic approach to sexual health. Advocates for Youth.



With the tagline "Get Through Tough Times," this interactive website is focused on emotional well-being. Designed by and for young people, it includes stories, coping strategies, fact sheets, video clips, and a user forum. Inspire USA.


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