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The Internet is a huge resource of information, entertainment, news and knowledge. It is also filled with junk, sex, violence and hate. As a teenager, a monstrous amount self-control is needed in order not to be swayed to the dark side of the force. The combination of free time in front of the computer and unlimited Web access, there are no boundaries for the wandering teen.

So what would you do if you’re a teen and you’re bored? I was once there myself. I’m not someone you’d consider physically active so most of my free time was spent at a desk, staring at a monitor. To tell you the truth, even I got bored sometimes, not knowing what else to surf for. So I’ve come up with a list of things that bored teens can resort to, in order to save them from the misery.

It is ridiculously easy to be enveloped by the rubbish that’s online. So if you’re a parent, you’d want to read through these suggestions and pass them on to your teenage child. If you’re a teenager, I’m sure you’ll find these sites utterly entertaining.

1. Watch Videos

Let’s start with the most enjoyed leisurely activity. I’ve spent countless hours watching videos, either entertaining or educational. Time well spent. Here are some resources.

  1. YouTube — Undoubtably the world leader in online videos, YouTube is the place to go for entertainment. There are also a couple of educational videos there as well. If you have no idea what to watch, check out what others are watching or their most viewed videos.

  2. Veoh — An alternative source for online videos, Veoh features short clips as well as full-length movies which may not be found over at YouTube.

  3. Metacafe — Probably better for watching offbeat and less mainstream videos. Metacafe hosts lots of funny clips and weirdly, magic tricks.

  4. Dailymotion — Like everything else online, there isn’t an ultimate repository for something. In this case, YouTube can’t possibly host every video on earth. For the rest, there’s Dailymotion.

  5. CollegeHumor — Is probably targeted at the more mature viewers, yet their videos don’t exactly feature explicit content, merely tantalizing. Encircling the “funny” genre, CollegeHumor has tons of comedic and absurd videos.

  6. SouthParkStudios — This site doesn’t require a description. Oh my God, they killed Kenny!

2. Play Games

Alright, if the videos didn’t tickle your fancy, don’t sweat it. Perhaps a couple of hours of online gaming will cure your boredom. Contrary to what most parents believe, not all online games will render you a stoner. Some games really make you think and test your reflexes.

  1. Pogo — Has lots of popular games namely Boggle, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Mini Golf, Pool, card games like Poker, Blackjack and more.

  2. Miniclip — Hinted by the name of the site, Miniclip packs lots of small, fun, addictive games which span from tennis, golf, sports, girly games, shooting games, soccer, 5-minute games and brain trainers.

  3. Kongregate— One of the largest sites for online flash gaming with well over 25,000 games, they are elaborate and well-designed. If you’re looking for a way to download and play Kongregate games offline, Jason wrote a tutorial How To Download and Play Kongregate Games Offline How To Download and Play Kongregate Games Offline Read More that will show you how.

  4. Newgrounds — This site has a lot of great puzzle games that will take up quite a bit of your spare time. The games are not mainstream but the ideas are simply innovative.

3. Read The News

As a teenager, you should start to understand and be aware of the current affairs of the world. Plus, news isn’t just about politicians or murder. News report on inventions, sports, advancements in science, social affairs and of course, celebrities and their lifestyles. There are just too many news websites for me to list and if they may very well be different from your personal favourite, especially if it’s about sports. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.


Let me give you a few examples of some of the websites that I visit frequently, maybe that will point you in the right direction.

For technology news:

  1. Engadget — These gearheads review just about anything under the sun that is powered by electricity or run on batteries.

  2. Gizmodo — My second favourite gadget news site. These guys have a real sense of humor and review the most outrageous stuff.

  3. T3 — From the popular and ubiquitous tech magazine, this is its online love child. They do great reviews so if you’re ever thinking of buying electronics, check this site out first.

For health news:

  1. WebMD — This health website is dedicated to providing medical and health information to the layperson in simple, easily-digestible nuggets. What is Pneumonia? What is vertigo? Do you have ADHD? No, the last one is not a band. If you are ever curious about the human body and everything that relates to it, WebMD can deliver it to you.
  2. The New York Times Health News — The NYT definitely provides more in-depth health news. They’ve also got great articles with tips to help you keep your disease at bay. If you suffer from a disease, it’s always better to learn more about it so that you’re able to differentiate myth from the truth.
  3. That’s Fit — is a health news sites that’s a little lighter on the details and medical terms. It’s generally for everyone to enjoy, with great tips on how to stay slim, lose weight, eat healthily, maintain your youth, and some valuable information for girls: the types of dieting and whether or not they work.
  4. Men’s Health — Okay, this isn’t exactly a health news site but since this article is targeted at teenagers who are, let’s face it — experiencing some biological changes, they do need some guidance during the transition. My mantra is “Better to know than not”. So let your curiosity run wild and find out as much as you can about being a man. Weirdly, understanding women is key to being a better man. Don’t be let down by the fact that you have to know more about the opposite sex in order to be more masculine.
  5. Women’s Health — I’m assuming that there may be at least some female readers so I not taking any chances. Women need to know myth from fact as well as men. Do cucumbers really remove dark circles under your eyes? Does shaving make your hair grow thicker? This website has the answers.

For celebrity news:
This is a topic that I’m 100% sure to be outdated. However, I’m willing to risk it and suggest a couple websites for celebrity news.

  1. Perez Hilton — It doesn’t really help that this Hollywood queen’s website is pink. But if it’s celebrity news and gossip that you want, I don’t think there’s anywhere better.

  2. TMZ — May be less provocative than Perez Hilton but it’s also one of the top celebrity news sites.

This could take a while, so I’m going to skip the rest of the news sites. I do have one final suggestion, that’s It basically aggregates all the top stories from most of the top sites online and gathers them into this great webpage. You can then configure and personalize your own Alltop homepage with the news that you care about. Alltop was co-founded by Guy Kawasaki, an Apple evangelist.

4. Learn Something

We’ve arrived at my favourite part of this article. There’s so much to learn from the Internet. Especially when you’re a teenager and have so much free time, it’s a great opportunity to learn something new. Not only that, teenage guys love to make and fix things, processes which involve their hands. Perhaps mastering a magic trick or a guitar solo to impress girls.

Ladies, on the other hand, may be interested in the finer arts like cooking, crochet, fashion, etc. For this reason, I’ve separated this section. One for guys, the other for girls.

Pour les hommes

Let’s start with the sites that teach you how to use your hands. Instructables is the go-to site for everything DIY. This website teaches you everything from making your own lightsaber to fixing a leaky faucet. They’ve also got tutorials that teach you how to conduct your very own science experiments.

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories is another one of my favourite websites. They’ve got some weird and crazy, out-of-this-world inventions, like this Larson Scanner Kit for Halloween. Everything listed here come with their how-to tutorial so that you can follow in their evil, mad footsteps.

The last site that I’d like to feature is Makezine, specifically their Projects page where you can find lots of cool DIY urm, projects to work your hands with.

Pour les femmes

If you (or your daughter) are into crafts: making your own jewelry, sewing, knitting, embroidery, making your own accessories, paper crafts; then I’ve got two sites for you to spend your time on. The first is CraftStylish. It has a huge directory on craft-making and their tutorials are easy to follow with photos for each step.

The second is the feminine version of Makezine — Craftzine. Like the boys’ site, Craftzine is a sea of craft-inspired projects that circles around fashion accessories, home design and making your own apparel. Pretty cool stuff.

If you’re into cooking, then I recommend these very fine cookery websites. My personal favourite is Jamie Oliver, a UK-based chef. His recipes are mind-numbingly simple (provided you have the right ingredients) and mind-blowingly delicious.

Another great website for foodies is Allrecipes, a community-driven website that’s rich in content, photos and reviews. It has recipes for every cuisine including Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Indian and Middle Eastern food.

If you were vigilant enough, you will have noticed that I’ve only listed 4 things for bored teenagers to do online. And they were in increasing order of usefulness and difficulty. Sorry folks, but the next 4 tips will have to come in the second part of this article. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this post and now have a few more things to do when you or your teen child is bored. If you have any suggestions for part 2, please feel free to voice them out in the comments.

Image credit: SAMAEL TRIP

  1. Katie
    June 1, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I reccamend Playbuzz

  2. Danyea
    February 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Awesome!Thank you!

  3. Cevrine Coralie
    September 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

    As a teenager, I would reccommend "Buzzfeed". It has loads of information, really about anything. And plus, from Buzzfeed I have learnt so much, I go to them to make me laugh, to find the real me. Really I would recommend this website to anyone.

    • Sarah
      March 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      oh no

  4. Joshua
    December 1, 2009 at 12:32 am

    this is great! thanks for the article :)

  5. GamesForMyWebsite
    November 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I suggest, if you know how to build a website. It's a good thing to do when bored... who knows you might earn money from that. Make your idle time valuable by doing something that can enhance your talent.

    You can also play cool educational games, or maybe designing your own website with your favorite games, I heard that this site is giving commission for people who will post their games to personal website it's at Your Kids Club website.

  6. OMG
    October 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Perez Hilton?!?!?!? TMZ?!?!? CollegeHumor?!?!? I can't believe that you would encourage our youth to visit sites like these. This list is a total waste. It's obvious that the autor needs to do some growing up. Go back to mommy.

    • Jackson Chung
      October 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

      C'mon, they're teens. Would you really expect most teens to be reading The British Medical Journal instead? No, of course not. At least Perez and other sites like CollegeHumor don't have explicit content (which is 10,000 times worse) and it lets them harness their interests, in film-making or writing, for example. Most CollegeHumor videos (and articles) are produced by amateurs.

      • Noah
        October 20, 2009 at 11:07 am

        Why wouldn't they? I do. I think sites like Perez etc are the waste of the internet. Film-making isn't a good interest to ensure your future job prospects, I'm pretty sure it's a "closed shop".

    • gawsog
      October 20, 2009 at 11:09 am

      It's a new generation my friend. Gadgets, technology, and liberated people are everywhere. And one thing, conservative people don't use internet that much. And if they would, they're doing something useful, not just surfing the not to surpass boredom. And besides, those are not pr0n sites!!

    • Taliban
      February 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      hat I will not do that you was real bored

    • aaliyah
      February 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Why will you do something like that but it is
      And you should not do something like that

    • willow
      January 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

      that is extremely mean looks like you're the one that has to go back to mummy she forgot to teach you a vital lesson if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all

  7. Oussama
    October 20, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Thank you ! what you are saying is really true :D ! that is really the fact..

  8. Kat Hannaford
    October 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for including - we welcome bored teenagers and bored adults alike!

  9. JY
    October 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I hate to say this, but plenty of women still do such things as cook, clean and sew. Plenty of men do, also. Because Jackson can't read minds (or can he?) I'd say he did a good job on this article. Thanks Jackson!

    • Debora
      October 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      Just my point: men do too. And women can be interested in technical stuff. So absolutely no need for the men/women separation.

      • Jackson Chung
        October 20, 2009 at 7:28 am

        I don't deny that. I love to cook too.

    • Keyvah
      October 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm

      Ditto Debora. Creating boy's and girl's sections was unnecessary except to reinforce culturally appropriate boy and girl activities. It's tough enough being a teenager without having gender norms constantly stuffed down your throat.

      • Jackson
        October 20, 2009 at 2:21 am

        Feel free to do whatever you like despite the separation!

    • Jackson Chung
      October 20, 2009 at 7:26 am

      Thank you!

  10. Debora
    October 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Pour les hommes / femmes ?!?
    Dear Jackson, I would kindly like to invite you into this twentyfirst century of hours. The days when only men did the technical stuff and only women cooked and sowed (seriously?) are thankfully long gone. :-)

  11. Engineeer Head
    October 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I was fresh but after seeing bored eyes of beautiful girl in post title,i also got bored.
    Most of them, I already knew but evilmadscientist is cool finding.

  12. Noah
    October 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    How about doing things that will help them in life - read about future jobs, and future job related sites. Example - if someone wants to be a website designer, there are a million sites to learn the languages needed. If someone wants to create games, they can get pygame and make a start. A self taught programmer is much more employable than a lesson taught one. Build up your file of previous projects, and lots more people will take you over the normal drone any day.

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