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Be Internet Awesome

Online Safety Computer Game for Kids [web resource]

Be Internet AwesomeGoogle has created Be Internet Awesome, a classroom curriculum and computer game to teach children about online safety and security.

The Be Internet Awesome program helps young people become more Internet savvy and encourages them to be good Internet citizens. A collection of educational materials appropriate for students in the third to fifth grades are also available on the Be Internet Awesome website. Read more »

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Staying Safe on the Internet [web resource]

teen with laptop photoThe Internet has opened up a whole new world for people of all ages, but it does come with some risks. How much do you know about Internet safety?

Take this quiz to assess your knowledge of safe behavior and practices. Then check out the following links for information about how to stay safe online . . . Read more »

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Girlshealth.gov [web resource]

girlshealthGirlshealth.gov was created in 2002 by the Office on Women’s Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Girlshealth.gov is committed to empowering girls to create strong, positive relationships and happy, healthy futures by providing girls reliable, useful information on health and well-being. This website covers hundreds of topics, including . . . Read more »

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Unidentified Dyslexia Takes Heavy Toll

student photoThe National Institutes of Health estimates that between 6 percent and 17 percent of school-age children have some form of dyslexia, although not all of those students may have been identified by their schools.

Anyone who has taught a dyslexic student has observed that dyslexia, typically considered a reading disability, affects other areas of learning. It makes spelling difficult. It makes writing difficult. It can even make memorizing math facts difficult. It simply makes school difficult—every day and in every way. Read more »

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) [downloadable]

wscc-model-lgEstablishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach. Read more »

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Positive Parenting Practices [downloadable]

teen photoParenting a teen is not easy. Many outside influences distract our youth and add challenges to parenting efforts. Youth need adults who are there for them—people who connect with them, communicate with them, spend time with them, and show a genuine interest in them. A key parental role is helping teens understand that their health and well-being—now and in the future—are not simply a matter of chance, but a matter of choice.

By engaging in positive parenting, parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices. Read more »

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Ways to Engage in Your Child’s School to Support Student Health and Learning [downloadable]

Mother And Daughter Meeting With Male TeacherAs a parent, you want your child to do well in school. You also want your child to be healthy and avoid behaviors that are risky or harmful. Through your guidance and support, you can have great influence on your child’s health and learning. One way you can show your support is by being involved in your child’s school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities, their children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills.

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Health Risk Behaviors among Gender Expansive Students (downloadable)

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Young people whose gender expression does not fit traditional roles based on their sex assigned at birth—often referred to as gender nonconforming, gender expansive, or nonbinary youth—are at increased risk for a variety of health risk behaviors. Research on gender nonconformity among sexual minority youth has shown that such youth face an increased risk of victimization (bullying, abuse, sexual harassment) and worse behavioral health outcomes (depression, suicide, drug use) compared to their peers. Read more »

Community Education

Challenging Behavior: Identification and Response [presentation]

What problem behavior is your child exhibiting? What positive behavior do you want him/her to do instead?
Rachel O’Harra and Marcela Molina discuss problem behavior—the cause, the purpose, contributing factors, and strategies to reduce it. Read more »

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American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChildren.org [web resource]

healthykids_orgThe American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of  66​,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.​ In 2009, the AAP launched HealthyChildren.org to provide parents with health information from a trustworthy source.
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