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Child and Family WebGuide

Tufts University

105 College Ave

Medford, MA 02155



Two decades ago, the founders of the Child and Family WebGuide (CFW) were struck by how much bad information and bad advice was being given out over the Internet -- information and advice about serious problems confronting parents, teachers, and medical professionals trying to do their best for children. They decided to do something about the bad information and bad advice and created the CFW to send viewers to the very best websites where information and advice came from good research and good clinical practice. The idea was simple: create excellent ways of evaluating websites that share information and give advice about children and organize them in ways that viewers can quickly gather the information and find the advice they need. This simple idea has remained the mission of the CFW up to the present – even as the CFW has been continuously revised and updated to provide only the best and the latest.


Management of WebGuide

W. George Scarlett
Sr. Lecturer and Tisch Fellow
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Tufts University


John Hornstein
Founding faculty member of Touchpoints
Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Kathryn Dietz
Independent Film-maker and media entrepreneur


Dianne Brown
Research & Instruction Librarian
Tufts University


William Hilley
Associate Director,Tufts Technology Services Web Development
Tufts University


CFW Evaluation and Scoring System

We define website for the CFW as a home page, usually with many interior pages. A segment of website is an interior page (or set of related interior pages) that is the topic of our evaluation. 


Segment of websites and websites are reviewed and evaluated based on the following:

Authority: credibility of who is responsible for the website and the segment of website 

Age and Updates: timeliness of information, including the presence and recentness of dates indicating evidence of review or update

References: the presence and respective amount of original documentation, such as citations and/or references

Navigability: how easy or difficult it is to move efficiently through the site through the use of navigational tools or organizational systems 

Functioning Links: whether or not the website has inactive or dysfunctional links 

Mobile-Friendliness: how accessible the segment of website is on a mobile device or tablet 

Language: the extent to which specific content is user-friendly, easily read, and directed towards a lay audience 


Age Range

We have assigned the approximate age ranges for the following ages:

Baby/ Toddler= 0-3 years old, including prenatal information

Pre-School= 3-5 years old

Grade School= 5-12 years old

Adolescence= 12-18 years old