Parents play a vital role, ensuring students have a quality education both inside and outside of school. Energize Students has compiled a list of resources for parents: parenting tools, what to do if your child is being bullied or losing interest in school, how to approach teachers and administrators, resources that are important outside of school for your child to have access to, and other applicable information.
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Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE): plain talk about spanking
http://www.janebluestein.com/links/index.html - (including valuable set on bullying issue)
Corporal Punishment in schools
In 2008, a joint report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union reported that over 200,000 schoolchildren were spanked or paddled in American schools. According to data from the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, corporal punishment is legal in 21 states and is employed most frequently in Missouri, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.
Data from the federal Department of Education and several scholarly longitudinal studies have also demonstrated that black elementary and secondary students endure physical punishment along with school suspensions and expulsions at dramatically disproportionate rates. During the 2006-07 school year, for instance, black students made up 17.1% of the nationwide student population but nearly 36 percent of those paddled in schools. link
Huffington Post Article, May 2010: 223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools
- Bennett, Sara and Kalish, Nancy, The Case Against Homework: How Homework is Huring Children and What Parents Can Do About It, New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007
- Cooper, Harris, The Battle Over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents, Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press 2006
- Kohn, Alfie, The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, New York: Da Capo Press, 2006
- Kralovec, Etta and Buell, John, The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006
Ginsburg, Kenneth R. and the Committee on Communications and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds (Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006)
- Levine, Madeline, The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, Harper Paperbacks, 2008
- Lobdell, Jim, Positive Sports Parenting: How Second-Goal Parents Raise Winners in Life Through Sports, Portola Valley, CA: Balance Sports Publishing, 2008
- Thompson, Michael and Baker, Teresa, The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life, New York: Ballantine, 2004
After the Tears: Parents Talk about Raising a Child with a Disability
THE PARENT’S LITTLE BOOK OF LISTS; DO’s and DON’Ts of Effective Parenting
by Jane Bluestein
PARENTS, TEENS, AND BOUNDARIES; How To Draw The Line.
by Jane Bluestein
Relationships Jane Bluestein
- Ph.D. and author. Explains "Positive Learning Culture" and creating emotionally safe schools. Dr. Dan Siegel
PBS Frontline video: Inside the Teenage Brain
- a 6-part PBS science documentary. Dr. Charles Nelson, neuroscientist and child psychologist at the University of Minnesota says, "Teenagers have, particularly when they're first becoming teenagers, have every reason to believe and feel that no one understands them, that they, themselves, are sometimes surprised at what flies out of their mouths." (Ch.1 @ 6 min) "Many parents are thrown for a loop when their kids gets to be an adolescent in some respects. And what i think they need to do is recognize that this is just another phase of child development and even thought their children may be shouting more, talking back more, kicking, and throwing temper tantrums, it's just a temper tantrum in a 5-foot tall body instead of an 18-inch long body," he continues to say. (Ch.2 @ 9:05) Vision Pathways Catalyst! Vision and Learning
- an educational tool used in classrooms, allowing teachers to intervene and assist students struggling to read and learn. Auditory Pathways Fast ForWord
- a computer software program used by schools to address auditory processing problems. Sleep Sleep for Science
- non-profit at Brown University. Research shows that school schedules should be adjusted to match adolescent sleep cycles. Career/Tech Ed
Career technical education classes, when offered for credit, help retain students, result in a decreased dropout rate, and improve academic performance. David Gergen
interview Hydration/Nutrition Eat Right My Pyramid Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Movement Brain Gym Accountability Mismeasure of Man
(book) National Center for Education and Statistics US Department of Education's Accountability Incarceration Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
How to put research into practice is always a challenge. One remarkable source for thorough and effective practical applications of research in home and schools settings is the work of Jane Bluestein, Ph.D.
Dr. Jane Bluestein’s books, including Creating Emotionally Safe Sholls and the parent’s little book of lists; do’s and don’ts of effective parenting as well as parents, teens and boundaries, plus dr. Bluestein’s parent and educator trainings all detail “concrete, practical ways to build healthy adult-child/youth relationships and to cultivate a child/youth’s responsibility, resiliency, self-management and success.”
5 characteristics of a good boundary by Jane Bluestein, PhD
Model parent participation preschools
Information About Bullying
- Stomp Out Bullying
- SITE - full of information about the different types of bullying. Provides resources on how you can get involved.
- Bullying Frequently Asked Questions
- These FAQ about bullying are extracted from key concepts presented in the California Department of Education's publication titled Bullying at School (PDF).
- Stop Bullying: Recourse for Parents
- VIDEO - Stephanie Papas, CA Dept of Education talks about what is being done on the education front to counter bullying and cyber bullying. She gives resources for parents & teachers on how to handle bullying.
- What If Your Child is the Bully?
- PDF - With tips on what to do if your child is the bully.
- Bullying and the Child With Special Needs
- SITE - The publication, "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes," is provided by AbilityPath.org External link opens in new window or tab. an on-line hub and special needs community for parents and professionals. The document provides information for parents and educators on the issue of bullying of students with special needs.
- Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying
- PDF - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention fact sheet that discusses: what juvenile bullying is, a report on the long/short-term effects of bullying, and a discussion of the Bullying Prevention Program initiative.
Help Your Child Cope With Bullying / Get Involved
- Stop Bullying.gov
- Information for students and adults that defines bullying and provides advice on how to address the issue.
- Suggestions for Parents When Dealing With Bullying
(Diff translations available)
- SITE - provides useful suggestions for dealing with child or adult bullying. Organized by a Watch-dog Organization - Advocating for Bullied Children & Reporting on State Anti Bullying Laws.
- Helping Kids Deal With Bullies
- SITE - has lots of information about bullying and how to prevent it. It has information that is directed towards kids, and information directed towards parents.
- 10 Things You Can Do to Help: Bully Flyer
- List of 10 things parents, teachers and family can do to be aware of, prevent and cope with bullying
- Parental Tip Sheet
- Single page parental tip sheet for parents describing what bullying is and how to stop it.
- Bullying and the Child with Special Needs
- SITE - The publication, "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes," is provided by AbilityPath.org. The document provides extensive information, statistics, studies and tools for parents and educators on the issue of bullying of students with special needs.
- Stop Bullying Now: Advice for Parents & Guardians
SITE - Provides suggestions for positive actions to protect your child and teen from mistreatment and trauma. Article also discusses actions to take if your child is doing mean things to others, or if your child is distressed by seeing mean behavior.
Information on Cyber-Bullying
- What Is Cyberbullying
- SITE - very useful site provides facts on cyberbullying, the effects of cyberbullying, the frequency of cyberbullying, how to prevent and report cyberbullying.
- STOP Cyberbullying
- SITE - easy to follow site that teaches what cyber-bullying is, why people do it, the laws surrounding it and ways to prevent it from happening.
- Cyberbullying PSA
- VIDEO - on cyber bullying with examples. Also includes some good statistics.
- Cyber Bullying Research Center
- RESEARCH SITE - Charts depicting data from studies about cyber bullying, taken in southern California.
Personal Bullying Stories
- Bullied Celebrities
- SITE - You're not alone, even celebrities like Jessica Alba, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and Megan Fox were bullied. Read excerpts of their bullying stories.
- Bullying Stories
- SITE/BLOG - Good outlet to share your story. Site was started by a victim looking to express the bullying he experienced as a youth from his current adult perspective. Many personal stories along with other bullying resources and comments from the public.
- Stop Bullying, Speak Up
- VIDEO/SITE - Cartoon Network speaks up against bullying by providing video testimonials of victims of all ages sharing their stories of bullying, how its changed them and ways to help. Helpful question and answer section.
- If You Really Knew Me
- VIDEO/SITE - Great for kids to watch. This is an MTV series dedicated towards the personal stories of bullied students. Many episodes with loads of information.
- Letters to a Bullied Girl
- VIDEO - Inspiring story that introduces a book of letters, inspired by two sisters who wrote to a girl when they heard about how she was bullied.
- Bullying at School and Online (Free E-Book)
- A free downloadable e-Book full of quick facts for parents and educators to reference.
- Taking the Bully by the Horns
- SITE/BOOK - Information, including a self-help book, that gives young people the skills they need to deal with bullies and maintain healthy self-esteem.
- Bullying in North American Schools
- BOOK - Bullying in North American Schools is an exciting compilation of research on bullying in school-aged youth by a representative group of researchers, including developmental, social, counseling, school, and clinical psychologists across North America.
- Bullying in American Schools: Causes, Preventions, Interventions
- BOOK - Chapter One defines bullying as a form of violence among children and discusses characteristics of bullies. Chapter Two identifies myths about bullies and presents research that dispels those myths. Chapter Three considers how serious violence begins with seemingly innocent put-downs and teasing. Chapter Four explores how bullying may indicate the beginning of a generally antisocial and rule-breaking behavior pattern that can extend into adulthood, and presents successful programs and interventions. Chapter Five presents useful solutions and strategies to stop bullying.