How Health Sites Can Reach Youth

Young people want reliable, easily understood health advice online. Here's what a survey says they hope to find

Young people are flocking to the Web for information on health and wellness—but what they find there is sometimes anything but helpful. The Internet offers a wellspring of both lifesaving resources and harmful misinformation. For instance, a teenager considering suicide may find a Web site full of vetted resources on depression and a suicide hotline—or instead discover a Web ring full of other young people sharing tips on the best way to end their lives. The same goes for sites related to other challenges facing teens, such as eating disorders.

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