Web Sites for Teens

from the American Library Association

The Diary Project
http://www.diaryproject.com/
The Diary Project is an archive of anonymous journal entries in 24 categories including relationships, body image, and self-esteem. The site’s goal is to encourage communication amongst teens of all cultures and backgrounds, provide peer-to-peer support, stimulate discussion, and generate feedback that can help ease some of the concerns encountered along the way.

dMarie Time Capsule
http://dmarie.com/timecap/
Create your own online time capsule.  Enter a date, pick from the top headlines and famous people born, top hits, top TV shows, hot new toys released, and top books released.  When you are finished, print out the page.  It includes extra info like who was president and the prices for bread, gas, stamps, and the minimum wage.

Guinness Book of World Records
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/
Web version of the popular record book. Includes a place to submit your own records and record attempts.

The Merchants of Cool
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/
The website of the Frontline program on the relationship between marketing professionals -- the creators and sellers of popular culture -- and the teenage market, the hottest demographic in America. The program poses the question of which comes first - the attitude or the desire for the attitude?  Teens drive the economy, but are teens really driving their own interests?

Microsoft Terra Server
http://msrmaps.com/default.aspx
Look through cameras placed all over the globe.  Now, find your place on the map!  Zoom in down to your house from a satellite’s point of view.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition
http://www.nyacyouth.org
This organization advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). It's "Youth Connections" page ( http://www.nyacyouth.org/resources/lgbtqyouth.php  ) contains links to  programs and resources nationwide. The site has a strong focus on social justice, teen physical and mental health, and racial equity.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Learn about all the different types of careers and how to get involved in them with this tool from the US Bureau of Labor Services.

Snopes.com
http://www.snopes.com
The site that examines not only the truth or reality behind urban legends, "but also common fallacies, misinformation, old wives' tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items."

The Straight Dope
http://www.straightdope.com
Archive of over 2,000 questions answered in Cecil Adam's Chicago Reader Column. Example: Why do we call it the "bathroom," even when it has no tub?

Teen Consumer Scrapbook
http://www.atg.wa.gov/teenconsumer
Sponsored by the Washington State Attorney General's Office and written by teens, this consumer guide addresses topics especially of interest to teens -- modeling scams, CD clubs, piercing, sports drinks, tanning, driving laws, scholarship scams, and a host of other relevant concerns and issues.

Teenwire
http://www.teenwire.com/
Sexuality and relationship information from Planned Parenthood of America. also En Espanol.

Youth at Work: Real World, Real Rights!
http://www.youth.eeoc.gov/cases.html
Read about recent court cases involving teen workers and their rights (sexual harrasment, discrimination, etc.).  From the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

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Updated 08/22/12