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What are the health-related types of web-based education available to families and children?

Families can utilize web-based education to learn about their children's health.  Web-based education, as distinct from purely information digital libraries, is interactive and collaborative.  Some education programs focus on specific conditions that are prevalent among children, such as asthma.  Others target specific populations, such as BabyCareLinkgo to exit disclaimer, a telemedicine program that contains an education component for parents of high risk infants.  A recent study of the Baby Care Link program indicated that families and infants involved in the CareLink program had fewer problems with quality of care and reported greater satisfaction with the hospital environment.  Web-based education programs can also help teach parents the knowledge and skills for early intervention and prevention of certain conditions. One study go to exit disclaimer found success in creating a web-based program to provide working parents with knowledge and skills for prevention and intervention of mental health problems.  Many of the tools targeted at children are created in the form of internet based games.

Web-based education tools:

  • Health Minder go to exit disclaimer: Software for family health information management
  • Understanding Health Care go to exit disclaimer: Covers an array of health topics, including guidance on effective use of internet and other high tech tools to improve health.
  • Playnormous go to exit disclaimer: helps children get involved in their nutrition and diet through health games.
  • Health Games go to exit disclaimer: A Robert Wood Johnson Initiative to create interactive health related games.
  • Healthy Children go to exit disclaimer: A parenting website committed to providing resources and education for the optimal health of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.  
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