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Along with pointing out media that may be promoting messages that you don’t agree with, I also like to point out positive options. Today I’d like to share several online communities and sites that provide encouraging, healthy messages for children and adolescents. In no particular order, here are some of my new favorites:
Kidcourses.com is a site that “offers affordable hands on instruction to motivate children to be life long-learners, express their creativity, spread positivity, and just plain have fun.” This site has online courses for kids from preschool up through elementary school focused on helping them learn American Sign Language and math, plus some fitness content as well. They also have a blog that provides new activities in a variety of areas. If you want to encourage your child in their math skills or introduce them to sign language, this is a great, easy to use site.
iTwixie is a website that is designed for tween girls. The site described itself by saying, “iTwixie challenges girls to express their unique talents, creations, natural beauty and true interests.” This site is really fun and has different areas that encourage girls to explore their interests. The iThink tab takes you to challenges in math, science, and more and providing ways to learn more about things like different animals. The imActive area gives tips on physical fitness and related activities in a fun, non-diet focused way. ImGame has fun games for girls and iConnect gives them way to connect with other like-minded girls along with an instant chat program that encourages girls to be their best. It’s a fun, positive site that your tween girls will really enjoy.
Chicacircle is about helping tween girls connect, create, and collaborate with others. This site is really fun because it’s focused on encouraging girls to develop their visual art skills. They can create their own t-shirt designs and crafts using the online tools, enter them in contests, and vote for the ones that they like the best as well as sharing their art creations with friends.
Having trouble getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies? Then you have GOT to check out Eating a Rainbow. This site provides parents with tools to help you in encouraging your child to eat healthy foods. Fun activities for kids, kid-friendly stories about healthy eating, and fun child-oriented cookbooks allow busy families to think about how to incorporate healthier eating habits into their lives. You can also buy products like t-shirts, books, and an activity pack for your family. In our fast food culture, it can be really difficult to teach your child the value of eating healthy foods, so I love the fun ways that Eating a Rainbow brings this message home.
Along with healthy eating, one of the most difficult things to deal with in our current culture is the issue of stress. Lori Lite has a wonderful site called Stress Free Kids that provides you with tips for minimizing the stress in your child’s life. This site has online resources on a variety of topics from anxiety to bedtime routines along with CDs and books. I really think that Stress Free Kids is one of the most informative sites online for dealing with stress in children. Lori’s expertise really shines through in the available resources. If you’re noticing that your child is showing signs of stress or if you think it might be an issue, please check out this site and see if there are resources that might be of help to you.
The Internet is full of great resources for parents and kids. If you’ll notice, one area that I haven’t covered so far is website communities for tween boys. If you know of some good ones, please tell me about them so I can share those as well. This list is just a beginning but I hope it will give you some more positive resources for yourself and the children in your lives.
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