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Talking with Kids

Web Sites:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information and much more.

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Its mission is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 40,500 U.S. and international physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.

Can We Talk? Resources for Parents
Can We Talk? believes young people's academic achievement is directly influenced by their emotional, physical and sexual health, and that outcomes can be improved through effective family education and community partnerships.

Children Now
Children Now uses research and mass communications to make the well being of children a top priority across the nation. Co-publishers of the booklet Talking with Kids about Tough Issues.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
A resource for health policy information, from a leading private family foundation. Co-publishers of the booklet Talking with Kids about Tough Issues.

Kids' Health
KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing doctor- approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, our mission is to provide the best children's health information on the Internet!

National Crime Prevention Council
Material on raising safe and healthy children. Provides activities to teach young children how to deal with scary situations and issues such as run-ins with bullies, guns, drugs, and strangers. In English and Spanish.

National Parent Information Network
Clearinghouse on elementary and early childhood education, and urban education. Provides information to parents and those who work with parents and to foster the exchange of parenting materials. Materials included full text on NPIN have been reviewed for reliability and usefulness.
A fantastic site for parents, run by the publisher of Parents, Child, Family Circle and McCall's magazines.
SchoolCity's purpose is to enrich education by providing teachers, students and parents the superior tools and information they need to harness the power of the Internet.


Battles, Hassles, Tantrums & Tears: Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home.
Beekman, Susan and Jeanne Holmes.
New York: Hearst Books, 1993.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen So Kids Will Talk.
Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish.
Mamaroneck, NY: International Center for Creative Thinking, 1990.

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Talking with Kids about Violence

Web Sites:

Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
As the largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center are dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work and in their communities.

Educators for Social Responsibility
ESR's mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic and just world.

Institute for Mental Health Initiatives
The mission of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives is to distinguish the elements of mental health and develop and promote specific programs and processes to select target audiences.

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Talking with Kids about Sex

Web Sites:

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists
The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sex therapy, counseling and education. The Association's mission is to provide professional education and certification of sex educators, counselors and therapists, as well as individuals who supervise sex therapists in training.

ETR Associates
Our mission at ETR Associates is to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing leadership, educational resources, training and research in health promotion with an emphasis on sexuality and health education.

It's Your (Sex) Life Guide
MTV's guide answers a number of general questions about sex. Targeting teens, this site focuses on communication between sexual partners, birth control basics and sexually transmitted diseases.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Founded in 1996, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing teen pregnancy. The Campaign's goal is to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Founded in 1916, Planned Parenthood is the world's largest and oldest voluntary family planning organization. Planned Parenthood is dedicated to the principles that every individual has a fundamental right to decide when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Incorporated in 1964, SIECUS develops, collects and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.


When Benjamin Wants To Know: Family Conversations about the "Facts of Life."
Caine, Dona.

How to Talk to Your Child About Sex.
Eyre, Linda and Richard.
New York: GoldenBooks, 1998.

It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families.
Harris, Robie H. Illustrated by Michael Emberley.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999. (All ages)

It's Perfectly Normal: Growing Up, Changing Bodies, Sex and Sexual Health.
Harris, Robie H.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1994. (Ages 10 and up)

Sex Is More Than a Plumbing Lesson: A Parent's Guide to Sexuality Education for Infants Through the Teen Years.
Stark, Patty.
Dallas, TX: Preston Hollow Enterprises, 1990.

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Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

Web Sites:

The American Council for Drug Education
The American Council for Drug Education is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.

Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
Develped by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this site aims to educate parents and caregivers about the basics of substance abuse prevention in order to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Healthy Competition Foundation
With the Healthy Competition Campaign, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association seeks to educate young people and their families about the potential health dangers of performance enhancing drugs and to eliminate their use at all levels of sports.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
The world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment, the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, which is under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.
Founded in 1944 by Marty Mann, the first woman to find long-term sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) provides education, information, help and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention and treatment through offices in New York and Washington, and a nationwide network of Affiliates.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America
The Partnership For A Drug-Free America is a non-profit coalition of professionals from the communications industry, whose mission is to help teens reject substance abuse.

Founded in 1977 by Thomas J. Gleaton Ed.D. and Marsha Keith Schuchard, PRIDE (Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education), is the largest and oldest organization in the nation devoted to drug- and violence-free youth.


Preparing for the Drug-Free Years: A Family Activity Book.
Hawkins, J. David, et. al.
Seattle: Developmental Research and Programs, 1998.

Cool Parents, Drug-Free Kids: A Family Survival Guide.
Coombs, Robert H.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2002.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Information & Treatment Referral Helpline:

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Talking with Kids about AIDS & HIV

Web Sites:

AIDS Action
Founded in 1984, AIDS Action is the only organization solely dedicated to responsible federal policy for improved HIV/AIDS care and services, vigorous medical research and effective prevention.

AIDS Action Committee
AIDS Action Committee's mission is threefold:
to provide support services to people living with AIDS and HIV, as well as the people who love and care for them; to educate the general public, health care professionals and individuals whose behavior could put them at high risk for HIV infection; and to advocate at the local, state and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS public policy and funding.

American Foundation of AIDS Research
amfAR's mission is to prevent HIV infection and the disease and death associated with it and to protect the human rights of all people threatened by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the Ineternational Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC)
LIAAC is a regional community-based, 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit agency delivering comprehensive programs to all Long Islanders infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. LIAAC's driving philosophy is to provide a stable and comprehensive safety net that ensures our services reach the many diverse communities of Nassau and Suffolk.

Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Our mission is to identify, fund and conduct critical pediatric research that will lead to better treatments and prevention of HIV infection in infants and children, to reduce and prevent HIV transmission from mother to child and to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric diseases.

Rap It Up
BET's Rap It Up is a grassroots campaign designed to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American community. Rap It Up seeks to help African American children and families protect themselves against and diminish incidences of HIV/AIDS, especially in areas most ravaged by the disease.


And the Band Played On: Politics, People And the AIDS Epidemic.
Shilts, Randy.
New York: Viking Penguin, 1987.

The Eighteenth Emergency.
Byars, Betsy.
New York: Viking, 1973. (Ages 9-12)

What's a Virus Anyway? The Kids' Book About AIDS.
Fassler, David, and Kelly McQueen.
Burlington, VT: Waterfront Books, 1990. (Ages 5-10)

Alex, the Kid with AIDS.
Girard, Lina Walvoord.
Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whiteman & Co., 1991. (Ages 8-11)

Other Resources:

National HIV and AIDS Hotline:

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