Teen issues

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These online resources have been selected to support teenagers on issues ranging from drugs and alcohol, pregnancy, violence and smoking, to eating disorders, self harm, bullying, and depression. SCIS 1698565

See also: Bullying, Societal health


Kids Health

A safe site for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. Covers most teen issues. Medical experts review all content regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://kidshealth.org/teen/


Kids’ Health

An Australian site covering all aspects of children’s health. Has a section for ‘nearly teens’ covering teen topics in a simple readable style.

Suggested level: intermediate
www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicCategories.aspx?p=289


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers enter a particular teen issue into the search box.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


Shine

A free, confidential helpline for those suffering from domestic violence. Site includes basic information on domestic violence and downloadable brochures.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.2shine.org.nz


What’s Up

A free counselling service for teenagers. Site includes tips on what to expect when contacting a counsellor, along with help when facing bullying, depression, family violence, relationship issues, grief and other teen issues.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
http://whatsup.co.nz/teens


Youthline

Along with a helpline for youth, Youthline has information on topics such as Your body, Your mind, Relationships and sex, to Beyond school, which covers topics such as Managing money and Legal rights.

Suggested level: secondary
www.youthline.co.nz/info-zone/


EPIC

Health and Wellness Resource Centre provides comprehensive information on Teen Issues. School log-on and password required.

Suggested level: secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Crossing the line – a question of identity, by Ngaire Vakaruru, 2012 (YA fiction)
How I made it to Eighteen: a mostly true story, by Tracy White, 2010 (YA fiction)
How to love, by Katie Cotugno, 2013 (YA fiction)
Teen Spirit, by Francesca Lia Block, 2014 (YA fiction)

Videos

Teens talk about health, Teens Health, 2:35
http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/personal_stories/teens-talk-health-vd.html

Teen Brain, TeenMentalHealth.org, Youtube, 3:37
www.youtube.com/user/teenmentalhealth1

The six things I'd advise my teenage daughter on her sexual health, WHO, 3:35
www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Life-stages/child-and-adolescent-health/multimedia/video-the-six-things-id-advise-my-teenage-daughter-on-her-sexual-health