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Adolescent Development Toolkit


Toolkit: For Parents and Teens

Parents 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.

Web Page - Young Teens

Web Page - Teenagers

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.

Web Pages

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.

Web Pages

Parent Pages

Here, the Parenting Project offers summaries of research for parents. Cornell University.

Research Summaries

Keep Connected: Bringing out the Best in Your Family

Resources here include free quizzes, discussion starters, family activities, and other ideas to help families explore and strengthen their relationships and help children and teens grow up responsibly. Search Institute.

Parent Resources

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.

Website - English

Health Guides in Spanish

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.


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