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Thrall Services
Youth Services Department
About our Department, programs, services, and collections.
Announcements & Events for Children at Thrall
Craft workshops, story time, games, and more.
Children's Library Catalog
Find books, videos, and more at Thrall and other RCLS libraries. Includes lists of awarded books.
Young Adult Library Catalog
Includes lists of award-winning books for teens.
Developmental Disability Materials
ADD, ADHD, Down's Syndrome, Dyslexia, and related special needs materials.
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Cyberbullying & Online Safety Resources
Awareness Publications from Thrall
Family interest topics, such as the Internet, social networking, and critical thinking.
Bullying: Facts for Schools and Parents
From the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Computer Security & Privacy Resources
Multiple resources.
Cyberbullying, Cyberharassment, & Cyberstalking
Tips from WiredSafety.org.
FCC Parents Place
A website to "help parents deal with, decipher, and monitor the communications that their children can access." Topics include: Children's TV Rules, TV Programming, TV Ratings, TV Channel Blocking, Limiting TV Commercials, Obscenity/Indecency, Telephone - 900 Numbers, Internet - Children's Access, Emergency - Amber Plan, and Media and Childhood Obesity. Provided by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
GirlsHealth.gov: Bullying
"This section of GirlsHealth.gov gives the low-down on bullying among girls, which is more common than you might think."
Internet Safety Library
Articles for parents, children, and teens. From Common Sense Media.
Internet Safety Resources
From the National Crime Prevention Council. See also their Cyberbullying page.
National Bullying Prevention Center
"Founded in 2006, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER's bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities."
NetSmartz
"Parenting wired kids can be difficult, especially if you didn't grow up with the same technologies. These resources can help." Topics include: blogging, cell phones, chat rooms, cyberbullying, e-mail, file sharing, gaming (video games), identity theft, inappropriate content, Internet safety, social networking, webcams, and more.
OnGuardOnline.gov: Protect Kids Online
"Kids have lots of opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions." Topics include: Cyberbullying, Kids and Mobile Phones, Privacy, Texting, Virtual Worlds, and more. From the U.S. Government.
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
"This guide was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children." From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Social Networking Sites & Blogs
Tips for parents. From New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Stay Safe Online
Topics include: Raising Digital Citizens, Cyberbullying & Harassment, Parental Controls, Gaming Tips. From the National Cyber Security Alliance.
StopBullying.gov
Information for on cyberbullying and children. From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice.
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Education
Colleges & Universities
Planning for college, survival guides, and more.
Federal Student Aid: Resources for Parents
"Are you a parent who's looking ahead to your child's college years? Or just about to face the first tuition bill? Here are some resources to help parents save for college, learn about financial aid, and understand the application process." Topics include: Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Loans, Understanding College Costs, Tax Benefits, and more.
Local Schools
School districts, colleges, and more.
Motivating Kids to Read
Lists of ways to get your kids, teenagers, and family members to read. From Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
National Education Association: Getting Involved in Your Child's Education
Information and articles for parents and guardians. Sections include "Take Control of Children's TV Programming," "The Great Homework Divide," NEA/PTA Parent Guides (see link at top of their page), and related web resources.
New York State Education Department: Parents and Students Resources
Public and Non-Public Schools in New York, Special Education, Home Instruction (homeschooling), and more. From NYSED.
Parents' Guide to Student Success
"The Parents' Guide to Student Success (in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career." From the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). See also New York State PTA: Resources for Parents and Teachers - NYSPTA's "resources for parents, students, and teachers/administrators that will help address the beliefs below pertaining to parent involvement, engaging educators, and helping students.
Scholastic for Parents
Use their drop-down menus to browse topics including: Books and Reading, Child Development, School Help, Activities, and News and Blogs.
U.S. Department of Education: Resources for Parents
Sections / topics include: College for My Child, Federal Student Aid, Find Schools & After-Care, Help My Child Read, My Child's Academic Success, My Child's Special Needs, Parent Power, Prepare My Child for School, Tool Kit for Hispanic Families.


Health & Wellness
American Psychological Association: Parenting
Topics include: What You Can Do (exercise, nutrition, communication), News (featured articles from various news sources), and select parenting articles from APA's Monitor on Psychology publication.
Child Care.gov
"ChildCare.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to link parents, child care providers, researchers, policymakers and the general public with Federal Government sponsored child care and early learning information and resources both quickly and easily." From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Child Welfare Information Gateway
"Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption."
Cybersafety Resources
Internet, World Wide Web, social networking, and other topics. Tips for parents, guardians, and families.
MedlinePlus: Parenting
Articles, news, and other information for parents and guardians. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Orange County System of Care
"We have developed a one-stop, single 'pathway to care' for children and youth with serious mental health needs, and their families."
Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents
From the New York State Department of Health.
Psychology Today: Parenting
News and articles on "how today's research relates to your family."
SaferCar.gov: Keeping Kids Safe
Advice to parents/guardians "from car seats to car keys." From the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toys - Considerations & Advisories for Parents:
Choosing Safe Toys
From Kids Health.
Parents' Choice Award Winners: Toys
Safety Standards
Links to domestic and international safety standards. From the Toy Industry Association Inc.
Please also check out our Health and Wellness Guide for more topics.


News & Reviews
Admongo: Parents
"Every day, your child is exposed to advertising - not just on TV and online, but on buses, buildings, and even inside their classrooms. Many ads target kids ages 8 to 12. Given what kids see and hear around them, it's important for them to know how to decode and understand ads." From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Advisories & News for Parents & Guardians
Parental advisory updates, product and toy recalls, entertainment (music, movie, television, video game) reviews, and more.
Children's Book Reviews
From various sources listed in Thrall's Booklovers guide.
Common Sense Media
Movies, video games, television, books, websites and other reviews and advisories for parents and guardians.
The New York Times: Parenting News
Scroll down their page for the latest stories. See also the NYT's Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting blog.
Please also visit our Current Interests Center for more news topics.


Parenting Resources - General
Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun
"Send your kids to summer camp... virtually. With our summer learning guide, it's easy to pick apps, games, and websites for kids that let them have fun while keeping up their existing skills and building new ones so they'll be ready for school again in the fall. And what better way to orient skills than around camp themes? We've selected more than 50 recommendations with the highest Learning Ratings for kids aged 2-17, and categorized them by traditional camp themes. We've also included additional tips and activities that you can use to support your kids as they sharpen their skills." From Common Sense Media.
Cybersafety Resources
Internet, World Wide Web, social networking, and other topics. Tips for parents, guardians, and families.
The Entertainment and Software Board
An explanation of the ratings and symbols on computer and video games is given. You will find a "ESRB Rating Search Widget" that can be downloaded to your computer.
Family Guide to Prime Time Television
Reviews of television shows and series. Browse TV programs by date. Click on a title for the review. From Parents Television Council. Also check out their Parent Toolkit.
Intercountry Adoption
"The Office of Children's Issues (CI), part of the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. In our work, we are dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad." From U.S. Department of State.
International Parental Child Abduction
From the U.S. Department of State.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: A Resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau
"The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth is an information resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We help current and prospective FYSB grantees - and anyone else who works with at-risk youth and families - to realize their goals, better serve their communities and improve the lives of young people and their families. Whether you're a youth worker, concerned parent or young person working to help your peers, our extensive research library and network of grantees can help you find the information you need."
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
"The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families." Includes DadTalk (a blog), tips for fathers, Dad Stats (fatherhood statistics), stories, and a Pledge for fathers to take. Also available in Spanish/espanol.
NYSPIRC (New York State Parental Information and Resource Centers)
"PIRCs are funded by the U. S. Department of Education and are located in every state and territory. New York State has two (2) PIRCs, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and EPIC - Every Person Influences Children. Both PIRCs provide resources, services and technical assistance related to FAMILY ENGAGEMENT for families and schools." Parents and teachers can browse a variety of resources (in English and Spanish) using the menus at the top of the page. Topics include: Helping Your Child with School, Helping Your Child at Home, School Accountability, Technical Assistance, and more.
Parent Education and Awareness Program
"The New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program is designed to educate divorcing or separating parents about the impact of their breakup on their children."
Parents' Guide to Gangs
PDF format. Also available in Spanish/español. From the U.S. Department of Justice / National Gang Center.
Parents' Guide to Video Game Ratings
From PBS.
PBS Parents
Includes information about your child's development from birth through the early school years. Including activities, programming information and parents guides on topics such as the media, creativity, math , school, raising boys and more.
Tax Information for Parents
From IRS.
USA.gov: Parenting Resources
U.S. Government agency resources. Topics include: Child Care / Support, Educational and Health Issues, Safety and Crime Prevention, Youth Employment, Expecting and Adoptive Parents, Parents of Babies / Preschoolers / Young Children / Teens / Young Adults, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. See additional links on their page (lower right side) for: Administration for Children and Families, Child and Family Statistics, and Tips for Successful Parenting.
Youth Topics
"Through the Youth Topics series, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs provides information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth. Read what experts are saying about these topics. Learn how the federal government is promoting collaboration at all levels to promote positive outcomes for youth. Get ideas for your neighborhood, community, or state." From the U.S. Government (a collaboration of various agencies). See also FindYouthInfo.gov for more information on finding/developing youth-oriented programs and services.
YouthGo.gov
Described as "a website for youth that will serve as a one-stop shop for information on job and internship opportunities, upcoming outdoor events, educational resources and more." From the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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