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Internet Safety

It’s getting harder and harder for our kids to just be kids.

Smartphones, TV, video games, social media and the Internet as a whole is quickly consuming the lives of our kids by getting in the way of real life and the enjoyment of their childhood. And it’s starting much earlier than recommended:

  • 9 months is the age kids are starting to watch TV, when 18 months is recommended
  • 10 is the age kids are getting their first phones, when 14 is recommended
  • 11 is the age kids are getting on social media, when 13 is recommended

This guide will give you the information you need to educate yourself, give you the conversation starters you need to break the ice and give you the tips you need to raise your kids in the digital age so they can get back to enjoying their childhood.

Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety, Security and Screen Time for Kids

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.
Common Sense Media – a resource for parents to utilize to evaluate content

Homeschooling

Compare and review online homeschooling options.
Best Online Homeschools by Consumer Affairs
Homeschool Curriculum Reviews by The Homeschool Mom

Helping with Homework

Virtual Middle School Library
Lots of links on this page, to sites that will help you with general education information, or with specific subject areas, like Math, Language Arts, Science, etc.

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.

Book Suggestions for Reluctant Readers

Bunicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery,
by Deborah Howe
Bunicula(from the Amazon.com review): This immensely popular children’s story is told from the point of view of a dog named Harold. It all starts when Harold’s human family, the Monroes, goes to see the movie Dracula, and young Toby accidentally sits on a baby rabbit wrapped in a bundle on his seat. How could the family help but take the rabbit home and name it Bunnicula? Ages 9 to 12)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1,
by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twi …more Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread,
by Kate DeCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
The Lightning thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians),
by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods