|Note the study’s chart incorrectly lists the URLs for
PAMF and Sex, Etc. The correct URLS are, respectively,
www.pamf.org/teen and www.sexetc.org
The journal Clinical Pediatrics recently published a study evaluating the different sexual health information websites for adolescents. They evaluated almost 30 such websites on five criteria: “authority” (i.e., legitimacy, credentialing, etc.), “interactivity,” “usability,” and “educational content”.
The study is significant not only for its providing some guidance on the quality of sexual health websites, but also for providing an expanded repertoire of sites that teachers may evaluate — or perhaps assign students to evaluate — as places where teens can get good information.
Kudos to the top three: www.PlannedParenthood.org, www.Scarleteen.com and www.avert.org.
Whitley, L. B., Mello, J. Hunt, O., and Brown, L. K. (2012). “A Review of Sexual Health Web Sites for Adolescents,” Clinical Pediatrics: 51(3): 209-213.