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WebMD – Teen Health

WebMD's teen health section is a limited collection of adolescent health materials on issues like disordered eating, ADHD, acne, self-injury, and more. The topics explored seem random and leave many gaps in this subject. Although the materials are credible, the collection as a whole is flawed.

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Review Date: 11/14/2018

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Ease of Use

The homepage has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. And there are so few topics to explore here that users shouldn't have any trouble getting around.

Visual Design

Pages are cluttered with a disorganized jumble of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Otherwise this landing page has a plain, straightforward layout.

Quality

Some common adolescent health issues are covered. Overall, the content choices seem haphazard and randomly chosen. Visitors will certainly need to visit other pediatric websites to fill the gaps left here, as this WebMD section is not comprehensive on its own.

Credibility

All of WebMD's content is written and reviewed by a credible team of medical professionals and health reporters. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so parents can be assured that the information presented is credible and will help them understand their teenager.

Pros

  1. Detailed information about many common adolescent issues
  2. Links to other relevant topics on WebMD like parenting and fitness

Cons

  1. The content is confined to common adolescent issues, with additional topics that seem arbitrarily chosen
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News, videos, slideshow, quizzes

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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