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Kid-Safe Gaming Videos on YouTube

A new Youtube channel has been started by a local resident showcasing kid-friendly videogame playthrough videos with commentary (also known as Let's Play videos). Always 100% kid-safe! Click on this link or the picture to watch the videos.

Article explaining the popularity of Let's Play videos on Youtube: Click Here

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness
“When you read these books aloud, you can tell from their expressions that they are empathetic in relating to these characters. They understand what the characters are feeling,” says Sharon Rawlins, youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library and president of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Link:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/08/10/from-preschool-through-high-school-24-great-books-that-show-empathy-kindness/


Bullying Resources for Parents

Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe in School
Cyber and physical bullying are growing and undeniable problems, and like so many misunderstood issues, education and awareness are the best prevention tools we have. This guidebook's purpose is to do just that: educate students of all ages and their families about what bullying is, why it happens, and what they can do to prevent it.
You can check out the guide here: http://www. accreditedschoolsonline.org/ bullying-awareness-guidebook/


Bullying in the U.S.
Bullying can come in various forms, and we need the tools to deal with each. No one should be left to feel alone, hurt or ashamed due to harmful behavior. Included in this article are definitions, statistics, and helpful resources for stopping and preventing bullying.
Link to article: https://usinsuranceagents.com/rates-tips-resources-bullying


What you can do - Stopbullying.gov
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.
Link to article: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/parents/


Internet Safety Resources

- Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online - General informational guide to internet safety but has specific sections on common safety concerns; it covers social media use, keeping kids safe online and password security.
https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/digital-safety-staying-safe-online.html

 
- STOP. THINK. CONNECT. - Created by the Anti-Phishing Working Group and the National Cyber Security Alliance to spread knowledge and help keep the web a safer place. http://stopthinkconnect.org/

- A Collection of Computer Security and Safety Tips -Created by Book Your Data to combat unlawful collection and application of your personal information.
https://www.bookyourdata.com/computer-security-tips



Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.
https://esafety.gov.au/?from=cybersmart

FBI's Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.
 https://www2.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
 
 
 
 

Helping with Homework
 
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
 
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
 
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8
 
 
 

Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Children Who Can Read, But Don't
 
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children
  
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader
 


Best Children’s Book.org
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.
 

Parenting Tips

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up

 

 


Reading

Language and Literacy Skills
Set the stage for a lifetime of learning! Read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child to develop and foster a lifetime of literacy. Created by the Multnomah County Library.


Great Books
Newbery Medal
Recognizes distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal
Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal
Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.

Geisel Award
Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.