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Cancer Australia | A national government agency working to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians

Cancer Australia | A national government agency working to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians | Stay in control |

This website is more of a news website than an informative website. It has different articles relating to cancer but none of the articles themselves really explain cancer. The website I think would be a good research tool for students because it's a government website. However in the top right of the page there is a link titled "affected by cancer". Clicking this link will take you to a page that gives a VERY brief overview of what the page is and what's in it. The main link I investigated is the "types of cancer" link. Clicking this will then bring up a list of cancer's. This system is slightly long but when you reach your desired cancer type it gives a nice amount of information. I feel that this website would be aimed at students and those wishing to learn about a small number of cancer's. I feel this website is good because the information is reliable and the topics, (once found) get straight to the point.

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Learn About Cancer | American Cancer Society

Learn About Cancer | American Cancer Society | Stay in control |

This website is a great site to inform people about all the different types of cancers out there. I wouldn't think it was for teenagers but possible adults or elderly people. When first linked to the page scroll down slightly and an option to select a type of cancer will show up. This is a great way of finding a specific cancer rather than searching the entire website for it. The cancer pages that you are redirected to gives a small, but repeated paragraph at the top of the page. In this paragraph click "overview" or "detailed guide". They both lead to roughly the same window, which brings up multiple sub-headings e.g what it is, Causes, Detection, Treatment, Consulting, description and other. I feel that this website is great because of the variety the website offers.

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WA Health - Public Health - Sexual Health: Pamphlets and Factsheets

WA Health - Public Health - Sexual Health: Pamphlets and Factsheets | Stay in control |

The website that i have linked to has multiple different hyperlink's these links will re-direct you to different fact sheets. This website is probably aimed at adults rather than teenagers because the information seems to be for more aged people rather than teenagers, but teenagers would definelty find this website as it is the second link in google, and use it for research. This website is a government website so the information on it is reliable.

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Like it is | Puberty, Peer Pressure, Teenage Pregnancy, Contraception, STI's

Like it is | Puberty, Peer Pressure, Teenage Pregnancy, Contraception, STI's | Stay in control |

This website covers a wide range of sexual things such as puberty, sexuality, periods etc....   This website is probably aimed at younger people around my age due to the colourful back ground and easliy understandable information. The website is run by an organisation making the facts reliable. The information itself is straight forward, making it easy to understand and easily find what your looking for. When you click on some of the topics it comes up with helplines and FAQ's these links here are a really helpful function. 

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11 Facts About Teen Pregnancy

11 Facts About Teen Pregnancy | Stay in control |

This website has most of its information mainly aimed at the general public, (such as teens, as well as adults) about the statistics of teenage pregnancy in different countries. I wouldn't recomend this site as a research source but i think it's a reliable source becauase the site is run by an organisation. The information itself is scrambled and doesn't really link well to each other, So it is mainly good for just quick facts. (useful for hte board game)

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Daddy, what is 'drunk'?

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Nick Johnstone is a recovering alcoholic with a history of depression. Now his seven-year-old daughter has begun to ask the questions he's always dreaded.



As your children grow older, their questions grow bigger. My daughter is seven and seems to be in a permanently inquisitive state. Papa, who is Anne Frank? Mama, has President Obama ever had long hair? What's a segue? Is the Democratic Republic of the Congo in America?

As a parent, you become well versed in the art of bluffing your way through each barrage of questions, at honing a sort of creaky-truthed wiki-all-rounder-ness. Lately, though, the questions have turned not only bigger but more complicated.

"Papa," she asked one dinnertime this summer, "what is getting drunk?"

I knew it would happen. Just not this early.

I've been sober for 17 years and like any recovering alcoholic/addict who becomes a parent, the whole idea of one's child, children, growing up and going through the same ordeal, is a recurring nightmare that starts in your head the day they are born.

Now here we are.

I shoot my wife, Anna, the "You take this" look – part of a couple code we have built to perform like gleaming state-of-the-art software – and stare at my food. I feel ashamed.

"Well," Anna says, "it's when people drink too much alcohol – for example, too much wine – and they become a bit silly."

"How do they become silly," she asks.

"They giggle," Anna says, treading water. "And they might lose balance and get jelly legs."

"Jelly legs," my daughter repeats, laughing. "That sounds very, very funny. I want to get jelly legs."

Inside, I am burning up, remembering in an ER-style giddy camera montage the blood I was always vomiting into toilets, the lies I told GPs, the DTs, which had me rocking on the lip of my bed, Arctic shivery as a flock of bluebirds swooped past my face, the dull, thorny throb of the intravenous drip in hospital as I lay in a sandpapery gown, finally convinced that it must stop. The drinking.

Nothing of that was very, very funny. And neither is sitting at a family dinner wondering how I will ever tell my daughter that I am a recovering alcoholic, why I became an alcoholic (the depression, the panic attacks, the anxiety); that my greatest fear is that any or all of these same things might be in her veins, poisonous genetic hand-me-downs. It's not a prayer because I am not religious, but it feels like one: Please let her take after her mother.

"It can also be bad," I say, realising that in saying this, I am fetishising drinking, making it shimmer with rebellious diamonds, laying a possible first paving stone to history repeating itself. "I mean, if you drink too much, it can make you throw up and give you a very bad headache next day."

My daughter, like many children, is hypersensitive, hyper-moralistic. For instance, she cries hysterically if she sees someone swat a fly, and when she sees a police car, she hides behind me in case they might think we're somehow doing something wrong.

"I won't ever get drunk then," she announces. "I don't like throwing up. Remember when I used to throw up all the time when I was ill?"

We remember. The throwing up and the emergency admission to hospital when she was nine months old for dehydration – the first illness of many to come. And we remember the year's worth of tests at Great Ormond Street children's hospital when she was six.

"You'll get drunk when you're older," Anna adds, both of us new to this topic in this context. "Papa's right, but it can also be a lot of fun."

Anna drinks occasionally. Maybe once a year, she gets drunk.

"Have you and Papa ever got drunk?" my daughter asks next.

That's it for me, I can't do this any more. I go to the kitchen, pretending I need to refill my glass with water. And when my daughter has gone to bed, I'm still so rattled that I cart off the couple of copies of my memoir about depression, anxiety, self-harm and alcoholism, A Head Full of Blue, from a low-slung, out-of-sight bookshelf in the living room and put them on a high shelf behind a door in our bedroom. I suddenly feel that she cannot, simply must not, stumble upon this, especially as she has been asking us all the time about our work lately: what we do, what it is, how do we do it.

The last thing I want is a repeat of an afternoon several months earlier, when she came home with a new book from the school library and started reading it quietly on the sofa. When I asked what the book was, as she was so engrossed and tearing through it, she showed me and it was Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a Holocaust memoir, with a recommended reading age of nine to 12.

"How are you finding it?," I asked, having read the jacket blurb and broken into a cold sweat.

"A bit scary," she said. "Why is everybody angry with the Jews?" Just like that, we were knee deep in the Holocaust. There was a very long silence during which I thought of the 168 members of her mother's parents' Polish Jewish families, who died in the Nazi ghettos and camps.

"So why don't you stop reading it and take it back to school tomorrow? And I'll talk to your teacher."

"That's a good idea," she said, handing me the book.

That evening, Anna and I couldn't stop talking about how thrown we were that the school had prematurely brought this moment on. We had talked about it a lot but never arrived at a plan, only the same question: When is the right time to tell her about the Holocaust and what many members of her family had gone through?

It seems that there are no guides to these aspects of parenting. Just instinct. That old-fashioned lurch and crunch in the pit of the stomach that tells you: this feels right. Or not. "Was it a war?" my daughter asked and kept wanting to know for days after she had returned When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the school library.

The can of worms was open, and how they wriggled.

"I didn't want to tell you any of this until you were older," Anna finally said, breaking down as if she had been interrogated and interrogated until she was flat worn out.

"Wanda, my grandmother – remember how I told you she was very brave during a war called the second world war? And Kazia, Wanda's cousin, remember how I told you she had been even braver? And what happened to your grandfather when he was a little boy? How he and his parents had to run away from their home in Poland? Well, that book is about that. About what happened in the second world war, when the Germans, the Nazis, terrorised countless countries, people."

"What does countless mean?"

"It means more than you can count," I said.

"What does terrorisise mean?"

"Terr-or-ise," Anna said, correcting her. "It means scaring people very badly."

She reached up and pulled down The Diary of Anne Frank.

"This girl's diary," she said, her voice getting breathy, which it does when she's overwhelmed. "You can read this when you're older. It'll be where you can start understanding what happened in that war."

"Why can't I read it now?" my daughter asked, staring at the cover of the book, the black and white photograph of Anne Frank sitting at a table writing, turning to face the camera.

"Because you need to be older."

Then several months later, there we were having dinner and up popped the other impossibly complex topic: all my issues.

I think this is how I will later introduce them – as issues. One at a time; like how we taught her two comes after one and three after two. I'll build up. Maybe start with the depression. And then move on to the anxiety. And then from there build up to the things I did to try to cope with and medicate those issues: self-harm (the cutting) and drinking. And then climb all the way up to talk about addiction; my alcoholism. My alcoholism.

A few days before school started again after the summer, my daughter and I were at the library, a dad and daughter ritual, and she came over to me from the children's section clutching The Diary of Anne Frank.



"I just wanted to tell you that soon I'm going to be ready to read The Diary of Anne Frank."

"OK, angel. It's up to you."

She skipped off. How did she get so big, so quickly? I get the parent lump in my throat, the one that feels uncontrollable, the one that makes your legs shake. Jelly legs. These are the only jelly legs I get these days.

Soon, I tell her in my head, as she goes, leaving me jelly-legged and silent in the cookery section, clutching a book by Tessa Kiros. Soon I'm going to be ready too.

And there we were, back to the instinct thing again, that lurch and crunch in the stomach. I need to listen to that. It's the compass. The only compass.


I think this article is a good projection of what can and what has happened to many people. Its not directly aimed at teenagers but it can be viewed as having happened to a teenager. The article i think is alright in terms of sharing the exprience of the consequences but it isn't an article i think i would goto to get information or help on the subject/matter.

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What is cancer? - Cancer Council Australia

What is cancer? - Cancer Council Australia | Stay in control |

This website gives a more general overview of cancer in general, but there is a link on the left for the types of cancer. The page that i have linked to explains what cancer is and how it functions or works. There are sub-headings on the left. One of which is a support link. This is a great link because it allows for contact with people who have either had experience with cancer or just want to help you feel more comfortable with your cancer and how to act upon it. The helpline it's self is confidential. They also have a resources link and specialist link. the specialist link helps you decide who best to goto for a specific type of cancer. The resources link gives a list of links to other websites that may be of use to someone. This website would more be aimed at adults and people who have cancer rather than younger teens, but it can be used for research and it's reliable because it's an organisation.

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STIs Information

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This website would be aimed at people towards the age of 30-50 but younger ages can read through this and understand alot. The reason for this is beacuse of the photo in the top left it is of older men holding hands on a beach. This is mainly a setting for people of said age. The website's information is direct, having information about how STI's are transmitted, what things put me at risk and the names of multiple STI's. I would reccommend this website as the information is reliable and upfront. The website itself is run by an organistation making the information reliable.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STI) fact sheet |

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) fact sheet | | Stay in control |

This website explains pretty much the basics of STI's. What they're, how they are transmitted, statistics, symptoms, treatments and other sub headings.


This website is a government website so i feel that it's a reliable source and the information is almost exactly the same as to what we have been tought in class. when reading the information it gets straight to the point which i find very helpful as i don't like to start reading something that's off topic then begin what i'm looking for. This website is probably aimed at people my to around 19-20.

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Sexuality & Sexual Health Guides

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This website is a very good website in alerting, explaining and teaching teens how to avoid pregnancy, how to use contraceptives, what contraceptives are the best methods, what kinds of sexual activities there are oral, anal and sexual intercourse, plus much more.


I feel that this website is a very reliable website, because it is run by an organistaion supported by the government and all its information is supported by other alternative, government run sites. The data on this site, is also supported by teachers.

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Alcohol and Young People

Alcohol and Young People | Stay in control |

This site doesn't aim its content directly at teenagers but it describes different ways that alcohol and drugs can take affect. I think that this site is a great site not only just for teenagers but for adults as well because it can happen to them as well.


One of the posts was about spiking drinks, it then goes onto explain the issue(s) of spiking drinks, the consequences, how the regularity of this occurence and how to go about avoiding this.

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Hurt by Johnny Cash

This is a song about some one taking drugs and what has happened to them over the course of their life. The song express how drugs affect people by sounding sad/depressed and the words also explain how they felt. What i get out of this song is that drugs will tear your life apart just like it did for Johnny Cash and Trent Reznor.


I feel the song is very effective because it was written by Trent Reznor and sung by Johnny Cash these two both took drugs so they understood what it feels/felt like. Tren died a short while after writing "HURT" and Johnny died just after producing the video. 


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The lyrics are:


I hurt myself today,
To see if I still feel,
I focus on the pain,
The only thing that's real,


The needle tears a hole,
The old familiar sting,
Try to kill it all away,
But I remember everything,


What have I become,
My sweetest friend,
Everyone I know,
Goes away in the end,


And you could have it all,
My empire of dirt,
I will let you down,
I will make you hurt,


I wear this crown of thorns,
Upon my liars chair,
Full of broken thoughts,
I cannot repair,


Beneath the stains of time,
The feelings disappear,
You are someone else,
I am still right here,



And you could have it all,
My empire of dirt,
I will let you down,
I will make you hurt,


If I could start again,
A million miles away,
I will keep myself,
I would find a way,

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