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What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied

Describes what bullying is, its effects, how to report it to other parents, and what to do if your child is being bullied.  Provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration. 

What Parents Can Do to Prevent Gang Involvement

This quick-reference card gives parents useful tips-at-a-glance and is sponsored by COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), the FBI, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Video: Why My Child Won't Try

Understand the reason your child won't try and why it's ok to fail.

Video: Why Kids Hate

Helpful tips to teach your kids tolerance.

Video: Voicing Behavior Expectations-Part II

Learn how to make proper use of commands and requests when communicating with your kids.

Video: Voicing Behavior Expectations-Part I

Discover the importance of differentiating between a command and a request when communicating with your kids.

Video: Unpopular Kids

Help children improve negative behavior patterns before they become social outcasts.

Video: The Power of Peer Pressure

Ways parent can help children fight negative peer pressure by building good self-esteem and tips how to say no.

Video: Teens Helping Teens

How teen peer trainers help their friends get the advice they need.

Video: Teen Attitudes Have Improved

Teens are showing increased interest in helping others.

Video: Teaching Tolerance Through Books

The role of books in learning tolerance.

Video: Teaching Responsibility

6 tips for teaching your children responsibility.

Video: Talking with Your Child about Prejudice

Ways to teach your child tolerance and interest in other cultures.

Video: Silent Students

Understand why some students are silent in class and how to encourage them to speak up.

Video: Self-Esteem and Learning

How children develop self-esteem and its importance in their lives.

Video: School Violence

Ways to help your school decrease student violence.

Video: Rewarding Success

What kids want most for their good work.

Video: Overdosing on Self Esteem

Tips on helping your child develop good self-esteem.

Video: Motivation and Learning

Parents are the primary influence in their child's motivation to learn.

Video: Latch Key Kids Need Attention

Unsupervised children are at increased risk for violence, drugs, and sexual activity.

Video: Gangs-Part III

Parents and teachers can work together to combat gangs.

Video: Gangs-Part II

Learn the role of law enforcement in preventing gang violence.

Video: Gangs-Part I

Understand why gangs appeal to some kids.

Video: Effort Is the Key to Success

Children succeed by understanding their excuses for failure. Teach them how success is in their control.

Video: Does Hard Work Pay Off?

Why praising IQ doesn't help self-esteem.  Teach your child the life skills that matter.

Video: Dealing with Work Inhibition

Learn the factors that contribute to work inhibition.

Video: Dealing with Angry Kids-Part 2

Two ways to encourage kids to deal positively with anger.

Video: Dealing with Angry Kids-Part 1

Understand why getting angry when your kids lose their temper is not the answer.

Video: Conflicts in the Classroom

Learn why conflicts help children learn social skills.

Video: Children and Behavior-A Few Tips

Tips to encourage positive behavior.

Video: Building Confidence

Confidence builders you can do at home.

Video: Aggressive Kids

Ways to prevent and correct aggressive behavior in kids and teens.

Tufts University Family Web Guide

Is your child's behavior out of control? Tufts University's Family Web Guide connects you with five top-rated sites featuring information on dealing with behavior issues.

Troubled Teens Wizard Troubled Teens Schools and Programs

Troubled Teens Schools and Programs including resources to, a directory of therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, boot camps, wilderness therapy, alternative schools for troubled teens and transitional independent living programs. Find troubled teens programs and schools that are All Girls, All Boys or Coed and much more.

Tips for Parents: Violent Kids

Learn what makes kids violent and get resources to change violent behavior.

Tips for Parents: Unpopular Kids

Learn what makes kids unpopular and how to change negative behavior before it's too late.

Tips for Parents: The Tween Years

Children between the ages of 10 and 12, popularly called "tweens," have changing physical and emotional needs.  Learn more about what you can expect and how you can support your child during their tween years.

Tips for Parents: The Importance of Effort

Learn why effort is even more important than intelligence in school success.

Tips for Parents: Teen Curfews

End the fights over curfew by creating a curfew contract, including your teen in the decision making, and setting limits according to demonstrated responsibility.

Tips for Parents: Student Self Esteem

Good self-esteem is as important as good nutrition, good health, and more important than making good grades.

Tips for Parents: Sexual Harassment

What sexual harassment is, who it affects most, and why it's important to report it.

Tips for Parents: Self Esteem

Understand why you can't give your child good self-esteem.

Tips for Parents: Responsibility

Tips for teaching responsibility to kids.

Tips for Parents: Racism

In this Tips for Parents, learn what racism is, how it occurs in everyday life, how to teach kids about the harms of racism, and how to encourage respect for all people.

Tips for Parents: Prejudice

Prejudice can lead to intolerance and hurtful behavior, so it’s a good idea to educate yourself about how prejudices form.

Tips for Parents: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a mental disorder that makes a child have obsessive thoughts about germs, cleanliness, safety or school success.  These thoughts often cause them to do compulsive, ritualistic behaviors such as hand washing, checking doors or appliances, or saying particular phrases or questions over and over.

Tips for Parents: Motivation and Learning

Parents are the primary influence in their child's motivation to learn.

Tips for Parents: Girl on Girl Fighting

In Tips for Parents: Girl on Girl Fighting, discover how physical violence among girls is on the increase and what parents and teachers can do about it.

Tips for Parents: Girl Cyberbullying

In Tips for Parents: Girl Cyberbullying, learn how girls are using cell phones and the internet to bully and attack one another and the ramifications of these attacks.  Get tips for educating girls about this issue.

Tips for Parents: Discipline--Lovingly in Charge

Learn methods for appropriate discipline and great tips for getting kids to obey.

Tips for Parents: Confidence

Tips to help you build your child's confidence.

Tips for Parents: Children and Media Violence

Understand how repeated exposure to violent media has been shown to cause aggressive behavior in kids.

Tips for Parents: Behavior

How to encourage the behavior you want, and discourage the behavior you don't want.

Tips for Parents: Arguing Kids

Tips to end the arguing and get them to play nice.

Tips for Parents: Adolescence

Tips to help the transition between childhood and adulthood go more smoothly.

Teen Driving Contract

This teen driving contract, from Toyota, includes Driving Conditions, unsupervised driving privileges, driving rules and consequences, and sample violations and related consequences. 

Talking with

This site is dedicated to providing parents with the resources they need to talk to kids about anything:  sex, violence, drugs, and more.  Features 10 useful tips, free booklets, and links to other sites.

Stop Bullying Now

"Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!"

Siblilng Rivalry and Fights

Sibling Rivalry may be inevitable, but there are still ways to get our kids to show a little respect for one another.

“101 Tips for Improving Children’s Behavior.”  Features 101 articles with titles such as “9 Ways to Positively Cope with Difficult Behavior,” “Surviving the Break-Up (separation and divorce),"  “Bedwetting,” and “I Caught them Playing Doctor.”

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics as one of the most effective intervention models, this program targets bullies, victims and bystanders.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

Features daily news, organizations, publications, a Spanish version of the site, and a super multimedia department where viewers can check out webcasts, webinars, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.  The also have fact sheets and posters available to download for free.

Kids and The Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents

With information about laws pertaining to Caifornia kids on these topics: gangs, school rules, parents' rights, smoking, graffiti, working, driving, fighting, alcohol, age of majority, truancy and more.  Funded by the California Bar.

Influence of Media Violence on Children

According to the AAP statement, exposure to and the influence of media violence directly correlates to violent behavior. 


An on-line short course on anger in parent-child relationships from Kansas State University.

“Fight Crime: Invest in Kids…America must cut the pipeline that funnels young people into lives of crime and violence. We take a hard-nosed look at research on what keeps kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policy-makers and the public.”

Disciplining Your Child

Discipline tips by age.

Children Who Bully

From the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration, this guide lists the characteristics of children who bully and helps parents deal with a child who bullies.

Center for Adolescent and Family Studies

Indiana University’s online directory with links to information on conflict and violence, mental health issues, health and safety, a teens only page, publications, and additional resources.

Bullying Fact Sheet from the AACAP

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents.  Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.

Angries Out

Anger Management tools for kids, parents, couples, and more.  Kid-friendly  videos and articles, and detailed information for parents.

About Bullying

About Bullyng features interactive games and quizzes for children and teens.


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