Can a web site present environmental health information to the general public in a fun and compelling manner? This was the goal of the National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Services when it designed Tox Town. By its nature, chemical data is complex and not often perceived by the general public as relevant to their daily lives. However, many common hazardous materials (e.g., asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead, radon) can have profound health effects if encountered in the everyday environment. Enhanced with lively graphics, sound effects, and animation, Tox Town adds interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. This field reports describes the features of Tox Town and discusses how it is being used by educators, students, and the general public.
Children, Youth, and Environments
Environmental Health, Children, Toxicology, Youth, Internet Resources, Environmental Education, Health Information, Educational Websites, Toxic Chemicals, Heavy Metal Poisoning, Nervous System, Information Services, Health Education
Love, Cynthia et al. (2005) Tox Town: An Internet Introduction to Environmental Health and Toxic Chemicals. Children, Youth, and Environments. 15(1): 307-318