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*MILITARY-SPECIFIC SITES

FOR KIDS:

Deploymentkids.com
www.deploymentkids.com
Offers free downloadable activities, including a time-zone chart, distance calculator, and spotlights on different areas of the world where a parent might be deployed.

Sesame Street – talk, listen, connect
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/our-work/reaching-out-to-military-families-6-detail.html
Sesame Workshop and Wal-Mart stores partnered to create resources to assist military families to cope with concerns experienced during phases of deployment.

FOR PARENTS:

Operation Enduring Families
http://www.ouhsc.edu/OEF/
Information and support for Iraq & Afghanistan veterans and their families presented by the Oklahoma City VA Hospital - a 5-session family education and support program for service members and veterans who have recently returned from a combat theater and their family members.

Military Onesource
www.militaryonesource.com
Huge number of resources on preparing and dealing with deployment are offered to military families.

Operation Military Kids
www.operationmilitarykids.org
State-by-state resources for children of military families including information about local activities and organizations to help through times of deployment, separation, and frequent moves.

National Military Families Association
www.nmfa.org(Click on Deployment and You)
Lists of valuable information such as – what to expect regarding communicating with the service member during the deployment, who to go to for information or assistance when the service member is gone, what support services are available.

Military Child Education Coalition
www.militarychild.org(Click on Deployment/Separation tab at top of page)
Information for parents, teachers and counselors and resources that provide school support to children during the deployment.



*GENERAL HEALTH SITES

FOR KIDS: 

Kid’s Health
http://kidshealth.org/kid/
Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years aimed at kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak".

BAM! Body and Mind
http://www.bam.gov
CDC-run site that helps kids 9-13 years old make healthy lifestyle choices. Games, quizzes, and other interactive features help you learn about peer pressure, stress, physical fitness and other topics important to kids.

FOR ADOLESCENTS:

Teens Health

http://kidshealth.org/teen/
Safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice.

Teen Health FX
http://www.teenhealthfx.com/
TeenHealthFX.com is a reliable online resource for teens who have questions about their health, their bodies, relationships, and sexuality. It is informative, and encourages teens to also discuss these issues with their doctor and parents.

Stop Bullying
http://www.stopbullying.gov/
On this site, you'll learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. You'll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you take a stand and lend a hand.

FOR PARENTS:

Healthy Children.org
http://www.healthychildren.org
The American Academy of Pediatrics' site offers valuable advice on a wide variety of health and child-rearing topics.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov
Provides up-to-date health statistics, alerts for travel safety, and information on a range of health topics. The CDC is the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, and offers information to enhance health decisions.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
http://www.aapd.org/
Offers advice for parents about children's dental issues and needs, policies, guidelines for care, and a registry of pediatric dentists in your area.

Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recalls
http://www.cpsc.gov/
Learn about recalled toys and other products from the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

My Safe Home
http://www.mysafehome.net/
Find practical information about making your home safe; offers a room by room tour of potential dangers and solutions.

NHTSA - Child Passenger Safety
http://www.nhtsa.gov/
Source of information about child safety seats and how to protect your child while they are in the car.

Car Seat Safety for Kids - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
http://www.chop.edu/service/car-seat-safety-for-kids/index.html
Great site with tips, videos, and news about car seats and booster seats for your child.

Nutrition Guide – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
http://www.chw.org/display/router.asp?DocID=20601#20601_4

Comprehensive nutrition advice for all age groups provided by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Parenting Guide – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
http://www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/46729/Nav/1/router.asp
Parenting advice ranging from dealing with school issues to talking about divorce with your children provided by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Patient Handouts/Teaching Sheets – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
http://www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/32977/Nav/1/router.asp
Searchable site that has easily understandable information sheets about a large range of health topics, conditions and procedures.

Women’s Health – Breastfeeding
http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
Maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; informative breastfeeding site that starts with the basics and answers many common questions about technique, benefits, concerns, pumping, storing, and more.

Text-4-Baby
http://www.text4baby.org/
Free, mobile health information service providing health tips to expecting mothers and new moms.  Women who sign up for the service by texting “BABY” to 511411 (or “BEBE for Spanish) will receive free SMS messages each week timed to their due date or date of birth.

Family Watchdog
http://www.familywatchdog.us/default.asp
National sex offender registry – search your neighborhood for sex offenders in your area to protect your children.

Common Sense Media
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Trustworthy independent rating system of movies, video games, and apps. Fairly subjective, but coming from a position of a parent who cares, who’s seen it and rates it for you and tells you exactly what you’re going to find if you’re worried about violence or nudity or profanity.

Ask the Media-trician
http://cmch.typepad.com/mediatrician/
Dr. Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston (and former Hollywood filmmaker) fields parents’ questions regarding media and their children.

Kids-In-Mind
http://www.kids-in-mind.com/
Another independent parent-run rating site of movies to give honest assessments of the amount of violence, sex and nudity, and language in movies so you can decide the appropriateness of films your children are seeing.


*SITES FOR CHILDREN WITH ILLNESS

FOR KIDS:

Starbright World
http://www.starlight.org/home.aspx
Free online community that connects kids living with chronic and serious illness. It can be accessed from 95 children's hospitals across North America, and in the home. Starbright World also offers illness-related computer games to teach kids through play.

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
http://www.dougy.org/
Age-appropriate information and resources for children who have experienced the death of a loved one.

FOR PARENTS:

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
http://www.foodallergy.org/
Dedicated site for kids, teens, and adults with valuable information about all types of food allergies.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
http://www.chadd.org/
Support and resources for children, adults, and families dealing with ADHD.

Autism Speaks
http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Comprehensive website with information, links, and videos about autism for parents and educators.


*SITES ABOUT VACCINATIONS

Illinois Chapter - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Immunization Parent Resources
http://illinoisaap.org/projects/immunizations/parental-resources/
Links to answers to common questions about immunizations, parent-friendly immunization schedules, and more helpful links for questions about vaccines.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Immunizations
http://www.aap.org/immunization/
Specific information about immunizations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Immunizations
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm
Information sheets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain the benefits and risks of vaccines to recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html
Reliable, accurate information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Institute for Vaccine Safety
http://www.vaccinesafety.edu
Independent assessments of vaccines and vaccine safety, plus educational information provided by the Institute for Vaccine Safety of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 



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