LinksThe Children's Center
School problems have continued to be an escalating issue for parents, educators, social workers, and community leaders. To list all the problems that students are now faced with can be quite extensive, however some of the most prevalent are: *Bullying and threat/intimidation behaviors As society continues to be faced with more violence, children have became more exposed to aggressive behaviors and prone to anger that may be transferred in their social relationships with other students. We have all seen in the past few years students who have taken on violence as a way of getting their point across, and seeking attention. Bullying is no longer one kid threatening to meet you after class. It can now involve severe threats and dangerous thought out plans. Bullying also may encourage others to form a group that can intimidate the entire school.
http://www.thechildrenscenter.comNational School Safety Center
Welcome to the National School Safety Center The National School Safety Center serves as an advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence.
Parents are one of the greatest influences on their children and their first and best teachers. Young children learn to talk, walk, and interact by watching their parents. As children grow up, they look to their parents to provide guidance, information, nurturing, and expectations. Teens say their parents are more influential in their decisions than friends, teachers, coaches, and the news media.
http://www.mcgruff.orgThe Ophelia Project
The Ophelia Project serves youth and adults who are affected by relational and other non-physical forms of aggression by providing them with a unique combination of tools, strategies and solutions. To achieve long-term systemic change, we help build capabilities to measurably reduce aggression and promote a positive, productive environment for all. We are dedicated to creating safe social climates.
http://www.opheliaproject.org/main/index.htmTeaching Tolerance - A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
It seems like only yesterday you were arranging play dates for your little one. Now, school project due dates, game schedules and other extracurricular activities are tracked on your refrigerator. Along with your child's growing list of activities comes a growing list of friends. He seeks a sense of belonging and acceptance from peers, and these friendships are a vital part of his development. They are friendships that will be important later in life, too, as they provide the roadmap for future relationships, teaching him to resolve conflict and get along with others across group lines. Now that your child has moved beyond simply noticing the similarities and differences he shares with others, he is learning how such characteristics - and people's attitudes about them - have the power to make him and others feel included or excluded. While parental influence plays a critical role in how children view and respond to difference, the elementary and preteen years mark a period when various outside sources also are competing for influence. This is the time when the values you emphasized early on - and the behaviors you modeled all along - are put into action.
http://www.tolerance.org/parents/index.jspStop Bullying Now
As a culture, we are focusing new attention on childhood bullying and harassment. As we watch children being crushed by bullying, we often feel powerless. No more! There are ways to stop bullying, based on decades of research. There is little need to describe why people want to stop childhood bullying. Childhood bullies are more likely to become young adult criminals than are non-bullies. Bullied children may grow up with diminished self-confidence. We sometimes see bullying as an inevitable part of childhood. Yet, according to world-wide research, 50% reductions in rates of bullying are possible. The Stop Bullying Now intervention is based on The work of many researchers in bullying prevention including England's Smith and Sharp, The USA's Dorothea Ross and Dorothy Espelage, Canada's Wendy Craig and Debra Pepler, Australia's Ken Rigby, Norway's Dan Olweus, and on social worker Stan Davis's thirty-five years of experience with children, families, and schools.
http://www.stopbullyingnow.comBullycide in America - Moms speak out about the bullying/connection
This is not a book about blame or guilt, although it may certainly spark that kind of discussion. This is not a book about getting even or setting the record straight, although it may do that as well. And, this is not a book for clinicians, although it will offer some scientific data and educational resources. This is a book of real stories about real kids. Kids who took their own lives because they thought it was their only way out of a hopeless situation. It is about the tragic choices they made in an effort to end the pain - when they believed there was no other solution. It is told by mothers who are willing to share their own personal pain as they watched their children suffer and struggle. It is about their own efforts to advocate for their children while they continue to deal with their own devastating loss and the aftermath of bullycide.
KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
http://kidshealth.orgFamily Village-A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
Welcome to the Family Village! We are a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support. Our community includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and much, much more!
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.eduThe Reading House
A Resource for Parents Who Promote Literacy “Let books be your dining table and you shall be full of delights. Let them be your mattress and you shall sleep restful nights.” ~ St. EPHRAEM Come on in! Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and visit with us a while! Browse the site to gather fun, interactive ideas that foster literacy within your family. Look around your home. Do you have a bookcase filled with children’s books? How about a flashlight in the garage? Are there crayons and index cards in your desk? If so, then you have the necessary supplies to teach reading! Reading House activities and games are easy to prepare and fun for learners. Children love learning to read “The-Reading-House-Way” because reading becomes a joyful learning experience. Every child achieves success with these tools! Celebrate and love literature with your children. Successfully help struggling readers with interactive reading games and activities! Find ways to motivate youngsters who regard reading as a chore. Learn about the combined concepts that make a classic reader. Make your house a Reading House!
http://readinghouse.comNational Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults. In consultation with the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Institute serves as a national resource on current, comprehensive literacy research, practice, and policy.
AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level. Immediate feedback prevents practicing and learning incorrect methods, which is a common result of traditional homework and worksheets. Practice can continue as long as desired in a non-threatening format which helps build self-esteem and confidence. The lessons from the website as well as additional lessons are on the CD which is available in English or Spanish language versions. The CD runs on Windows and Macintosh computers. You do not need to be connected to the internet to use it which is desired by many parents of young students. There are no advertisements on the CD.
Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.