Web Sites for Specific Audiences
Some web sites
communicate to youth directly, offering them a sense of empowerment.
In general, their approach is designed to hold the attention of
youth, elementary school age through young adulthood.
Teen Angels is a group of 13-18 year
old volunteers who spread the word about safe surfing on the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of
NJ (UMDNJ), University Behavioral Health Center, Office of
Prevention Services and Research offers training sessions and
training kits designed for youth and teens on topics such as
bullying prevention, good decision-making, promoting resilience, and
mediation training (http://ubhc.umdnj.edu/OPSR/programs/index.htm).
National Youth Violence Prevention
Resource Center (NYVPRC)’s
teen site offers information on bullying, dating,
war, terrorism, conflict resolution, hate crimes, youth gangs, and
helping others in distress, among other topics, as well as offers
empowering prevention strategies to reduce violence among teens (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens.asp).
Advocates for Youth offers a teen
site on peer education, empowerment, information, and support as
teens confront a wide variety of reproductive and sexual health
issues and grapple with making responsible decisions (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/youth/index.htm).
FEMA for Kids teaches children how to
be prepared for various types of natural and other disasters.
It is child-friendly, using cartoon characters, but no specific age
range is cited. Children need reading and computer skills (http://www.fema.gov/kids/).
Narconon International focuses on
drug prevention and rehabilitation. It distributes drug
prevention and drug education information that attempts to change
students’ minds from possibly trying or using drugs. A peer
leader training program is geared to appropriate age groups (www.narconon.org).
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education
Network) works to make schools safe and affirming places by
offering teens information on leadership skills and how to organize
a local GLSEN chapter. A student library is available (http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/student/student/index.html).
Center for the Prevention of School
Violence offers a creative and comprehensive “floor plan” for
whole school involvement in preventing school violence, including a
site for students to empower them to participate as partners in
school programs to reduce violence (http://www.ncdjjdp.org/cpsv/lobby.html).
Internet Super Heroes uses 5
age-specific superheroes (e.g., X-Men, Spider Man, etc.) to educate
young children about Internet safety and cyberbullying (http://www.internetsuperheroes.org/).
Kids Growth provides a site for teens
about health and mental health issues, body image issues, physical
development, and sexuality (www.kidsgrowth.com).
Ambiente Joven is a Spanish language
web site for sexually active Latino youth. It offers
culturally relevant resources and support (www.ambientejoven.org).
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a
Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) offers bilingual
resources for youth, professionals, and parents working to prevent
violence committed by and against youth. It functions as a
comprehensive access for information and materials about programs,
publications, fact sheets, and research to prevent violence and
suicide among youth. Its site for teens offers fact sheets
about bullying, conflict resolution, hate crimes, and dating
violence, among others, as well as provides an empowering review
about what teens can do to help prevent youth violence and how to
help victims (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens.asp).
Cyber Tip Line offers a bilingual
teen site, Don’t Believe the Type. It helps teens surf
safer on the Internet and avoid inappropriate chatrooms (http://tcs.cybertipline.com/).
These resources are available in Spanish (http://tcs.cybertipline.com/spanish/).
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s
“Teaching Tolerance” project provides teen and youth sites.
The teen site offers information on wrestling with stereotypes and
how to meet new people. Teens may organize a
Mix It Up at Lunch Day on November 15, a national event
to challenge and bring down the walls that divide schools and
facilitate student interaction. The youth site, Planet
Tolerance, provides interactive stories, searching for hidden
images on diversity and intolerance, and how to join a mural
dedicated to unity and justice (http://www.tolerance.org/pt/index.html)
Global Youth Connect
builds and supports a
community of youth who are actively promoting and protecting human
rights. Educated, compassionate, and empowered youth are the
key to achieving tolerance, peace, and justice through a commitment
to the principles of human rights, community building,
reconciliation, and peaceful resolution of conflicts (http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/).
American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of having successful life experiences in solving problems independently for children. Its grade school (ages 5-12 years) site reviews topics such as friend or foe?; and gender identity and gender confusion (http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/gradeschool/Pages/default.aspx). Its teen/high school (ages 12-18) site (http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/Pages/default.aspx) offers information on topics such as understanding death (http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/pages/A-Teenagers-Understanding-of-Death.aspx).
MTV’s A Thin Line presents facts to teens about sexting, constant messaging, spying, cruelty, and digital disrespect (http://www.athinline.org/facts). Videos and quizzes hold the teen’s attention. Information on the digital rights project (http://www.athinline.org/digital-rights-project) is available.
National Bullying Prevention Center addresses bullying issues for children and teens. Its child site, PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying (http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/#/home), uses games, a poster art gallery, youth-oriented videos, celebrity videos, polls, real life stories, and “smart stuff” to present information about bullying, how to spot it, and how to stop it. Its teen site, PACER Center’s Teens Against Bullying (http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/#/home), explains that bullying can happen to anyone. It offers “Quick Facts” about bullying (who, what, how and why); what to do (if you are the target, bystander, or bully); quizzes; and creative activities to do at school and/or with peers. Teen stars speak out about their own previous bullying experiences (http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/).
STOP Cyber Bullying provides age-appropriate (7 to 17 years) information to determine if children and teens are engaging in cyberbullying (http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/kids/index.html).
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E .) offers multimedia presentations to teach children and teens how to be safe online and throughout their daily life; describes rules for real-world safety; and discusses what to do when they receive messages from a stranger. Calls and inquiries are welcome at the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force (866-SAFE-595/866-723-3595) (http://rivcosafe.org/safe-kids).
STOP Bullying provides youth-friendly facts about bullying; what it is; how children who are bullied feel; why children might bully others; and how to respond to bullying (http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/facts/index.html).
Second (2ND) Floor provides a teen-friendly outlet for youths and young adults (10 to 24 years) in New Jersey to write about issues in its “Teens Talk” and “Message Board” sections (http://www.2ndfloor.org/?action=talk and http://www.2ndfloor.org/?action=message_board); sponsors a 24 hour teen helpline (888-222-2228); and supplies links to other resources on topics such as addictions, Internet safety, bullying, and sexuality (http://www.2ndfloor.org/).
Boys Town National Hotline provides youth-friendly information about suicide prevention and tips about how to handle everything from stress to dealing with parents. Bulletin boards, live chats, and a helpline (800-448-3000)are available resources (http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/default.aspx).
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers the “Cool Spot” for young teenagers to learn about alcohol and its effects and learn to resist peer pressure to use alcohol (http://www.thecoolspot.gov/index.asp).
National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign sponsors “Above the Influence,” information about drugs and their effects (including the new drug, bath salts) and why youth take drugs. A quiz is available to examine the effects of peer pressure (http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/influence/pressuredquiz) and what to do if parents/guardians are using drugs (http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/).