About 'We're Talking, Too'
"We're Talking!" was developed for Teens by the Adolescent Interest Group (AIG) of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). The similar group, "We're Talking, Too!" was created to focus on Preteen problems.
Both groups are composed of PAMF physicians, social workers, educators, and researchers concerned with addressing the health care needs of adolescents.
AIG members volunteer countless hours to review Web content and create new material to ensure the site continues to provide teens with comprehensive, up-to-date health information. The Summer Wellness Education and Training for Teens (SWEAT) Institute, comprised of preteens and teens, also contribute to the site by writing health articles from the adolescent perspective.
Visitors may notice that different pages sound like they were written by different people. That's because they were! Much of our content comes from kids themselves. While PAMF edits their submissions for grammar, punctuation, and accuracy, we appreciate and try to protect the unique voice of each writer.
PAMF's Web site for teens, "We're Talking," will be an accurate source for health information for Bay Area teens 13 to 18 years of age, their parents, and teachers.
Likewise, PAMF's Web site for preteens, "We're Talking, too," will be an accurate source of health information for Bay Area preteens ages 8 to 12, their parents, and teachers.
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PAMF's teen Web site, "We're Talking," will provide comprehensive health information and answers to specific questions for Bay Area teens. The information will be straightforward, clear, understandable, medically accurate, and up-to-date. PAMF's preteen Web site, "We're Talking, too," has been modeled after the teen Web site, and aims to achieve the same goals (for a younger generation of readers).
"We're Talking" and "We're Talking, too" will also serve as resources for parents who want help in talking with their teens or preteens about sensitive issues and for teachers who want to integrate health information into their classroom curriculum.
We will do this by providing the following:
- Rigorously reviewed, thorough, and complete health information on topics of current interest and concern to teens and preteens.
- Interactive activities to help teens and preteens assess, manage, and reduce their health risks and concerns.
- Teaching materials to be used by teachers interested in teen health issues.
- A robust set of resources, content, and references for parents who want to help their teens with health care decisions.
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Values & Assumptions
We will approach development of content for the Web site with the following underlying values and assumptions.
- We believe in the intelligence of our readers.
- We care about the physical and emotional health and safety of our readers.
- We try to address both physical and emotional health aspects of all topics.
- We are aware of the spectrum of teen behavior – from "abstainers" to "heavy risk takers."
- We try to include all points of view and balance our coverage of issues.
- We use vocabulary that teens and preteens can understand and relate to (which may include current slang.
- We assume that teens are in a consensual, comfortable relationship and that there is good communication between partners when addressing sexual issues and questions.
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Ask The Expert
For over 10 years, teens have been asking us questions on every topic imaginable. While we are no longer taking new questions, we invite you to search and browse the many frequently asked questions that we have received from teens and preteens like yourself.
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