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Child Development Websites

  • Child & Family WebGuide
    Directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence.
  • Child Development
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. This simple web guide gives you the basics and links to child development resources.
  • KidsHealth
    Part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, this website provides information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through teen years.
  • PBS Child Development
    Part of PBS Parents, this website offers insight on the stages of growth and key milestones for kids ages 1 to 9.

Evaluating Websites

The web is a great information resource. Because there is so much information you can usually find some information on your topic, however, because anyone can put anything on the web, you need to be very careful when using the web as a research source.

You can use the following checklist to help you to determine the reliability of the information you find on a website:  

ACCURACY  

  • Is the information reliable and correct?
  • Is there an editor who verifies the information?

AUTHORITY

  • Is there an author? What are his or her qualifications?
  • What is the sponsoring organization? Is it reputable?
  • Look for links providing information about the author and his or her e-mail address.
  • Check for "about us," "philosophy," etc. for information about the organization.

OBJECTIVITY  

  • Does the website show a bias?
  • Is there advertising on the page?
  • What is the purpose of the site? To sell, to inform, to persuade?

CURRENCY

  • Does the site include the dates it was created and updated?
  • How current are the links? Have any expired or moved?
  • Consider if currency is especially important for the research topic.

COVERAGE

  • How does the site compare with other sites on this topic?
  • Is material covered in depth rather than superficially?