Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this information important for teens?
Many teens do not participate in school extracurricular activities nor their community in any meaningful way. Their “hang out” places, life choices and use of their time are not always the most constructive, safe or beneficial. How to expand those students’ sense of belonging and participation has always been a challenge for teachers, parents, and community leaders. Teens will better learn and benefit from resources and information that are a “mouse click” away from one easy–to-use source.
Why choose a web-based venue?
Most students are very familiar with computers and how to find web-based material. They more often seek information from this venue than calling on the phone or visiting a library. With this familiarity it seems most appropriate to use a web-based venue.
Why not just search for information from original sources?
Searching and shopping around on the web can be very time consuming. Specific information and local places can be hard to find among the labyrinth and multitude of site offerings. Remembering or locating sites can be dependent on choosing the correct or specific search terminology. Many local resources exist but are only found within sites on the web unknown to the teenager. The way sites are organized can lead to some not frequently used sites being found buried well past the first page of a general search. Our www.teenplace.org site provides a specific “one stop shop” for the web sites that answer the questions or give teens the information they commonly need and want.
Are these sites age appropriate and screened?
These sites have been chosen by our selected teen peers, community and teacher recommendations and filtered through a review process that provides appropriate and useful material.