Sites Along the Way
This section offers a sampling of some Internet sites waiting for you
and your children. (Addresses are current as of November 1997 but may
change at any time. If an address does not work, use the search feature
on your Web browser to enter the site name and get the updated link).
- The Franklin Institute Science Museum http://sln.fi.edu/
offers online exhibits on an array of science and technology topics.
- Find good books to read, including Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners,
at the American Library Association site http://www.ala.org/parents/index.html.
This site includes information about authors, KidsConnect (for help
locating all the information online), and educational games.
- Watch Live from Mars, audio and video transmissions of the Pathfinder's
explorations, at NASA's Quest Project site http://quest.arc.nasa.gov.
Find more adventures in space, including views from the Hubble Space
Telescope, at a different NASA site http://spacelink.nasa.gov.
- Climb Mt. Everest, explore inside the Pyramids, and go on other electronic
field trips with the Public Broadcasting System at
http://www.pbs.org/. Preschool children
can enjoy children's programming here, elementary school children can
practice story telling, and teenagers and adults can take telecourses.
- Join an interactive exploration of the oceans, on earth and beyond,
with the Jason Project http://www.jasonproject.org.
- Puzzle over optical illusions, take memory tests, and conduct experiments,
online and off, at the Exploratorium
- Enjoy materials from the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov,
including exhibits on topics ranging from ballet to Jelly Roll Morton,
Native American flutes to Thomas Jefferson's pasta machine.
- Read stories with your children, let them add to the stories told
around the Global Campfire, and find links to other good family sites
at Parents and Children Together Online
- Get educational resources through distance learning from Healthlinks
- Find information on blocking software from Netparents
- Try the Air Force's new family-friendly site for
kids at http://www.af.mil/aflinkjr.
Megasites (extensive links)
- 50+ Great Sites for Kids & Parents, from the
American Library Association (ALA) enables preschool through elementary
school children to explore rainbows, black history, castles for kids,
award-winning news reported by children for children, the Kids Web Page
Hall of Fame, to say nothing of watching dolphins, learning lullabies,
and much more http://www.ssdesign.com/parentspage/greatsites/50.html.
- Jean Armour Polly's Fifty Extraordinary Experiences for Internet
Kids invites viewers to make their own home page, visit the
Kremlin, look inside the human heart, take Socks' special VIP tour of
the White House, and make a boat trip around the world http://www.well.com/user/polly/ikyp.exp.html.
- Berit's Best Sites for Children helps you learn
about earthquakes, visit the imagination factory and make junk mail
jewelry, descend into a volcano, tour a human cell, go on a world "surfari,"
solve a crime, and fly a kite
- Steve Savitzky's Interesting Places for Kids is an
award-winning site in its own right with many unusual links http://www.crc.ricoh.com/people/steve/kids.html.
Online Reference Material
- The American Academy of Pediatrics' http://www.aap.org
has a wide variety of information for parents concerning their children's
health and well-being; covering topics such as immunizations, sleep
problems, newborn care, and television.
- The National Urban Leaguehttp://www.nul.org
is a useful resource for tracking programs and events related to African-American
issues. It is a rich reference area for students, parents, teachers
and history buffs.
- AskERIC, a free question-answering service provided
by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), invites people
to submit their questions about education, parenting, and child development
to firstname.lastname@example.org for
an e-mail response within 2 working days.
- B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper is a wonderful
guide to encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference works, and other resources
on a great variety of subjects http://tristate.pgh.net/~pinch13/.
The enthusiasm of its 10-year-old creator adds appeal to everything
from the Ultimate White Pages to Bugs in the News.
- My Virtual Reference Desk http://www.refdesk.com
offers dozens of linksto dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference/research
materials, thesauruses, atlases, sports, entertainment, and much moreas
well as a search engine for locating more information.
- The Internet Public Library: Reference Center http://www.ipl.org/ref
provides an "ask a question" feature and a teen collection,
as well as sections on reference, arts and humanities, science and technology,
Sites for Parents and Parent Groups
- The Children's Partnership http://www.childrenspartnership.org
offers, for free, the full text of its useful guide, The Parents'
Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules and Tools for Families
Online, prepared with the National PTA and the National Urban
League. A printed version of the guide, which provides common-sense
guidance and encouragement for parents and tips and computer activities
for children, is available for $8 from The Children's Partnership, 1351
Third Street Promenade, Suite 206, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1321; 310-260-1220.
- The National Parent Information Network http://npin.org
cosponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouses on Elementary and Early Childhood
Education and Urban Education, includes extensive articles on parenting,
listservs, and links to more than 100 sites on education, health and
safety, family issues and interests, and parenting and development of
children from infancy to adolescence.
- At the National PTA site http://www.pta.org/
learn about PTA education programs and participate in a discussion group,
chat room, or bulletin board. The site also includes links to sites
of many organizations concerned with children.
- The Family Education Network http://www.familyeducation.com
offers hundreds of brief articles on parenting, links to local sites,
and discussion boards that connect parents with online experts.
- The Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
http://pfie.ed.gov/ sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education, highlights school-community- business
partnerships and includes a calendar of events. At the home page for
the Department of Education http://www.ed.gov,
parents will find information about the President's education initiatives,
college financial aid, and parenting publications, along with links
to other useful education sites.
- The National Coalition for Parental Involvement in Education
http://www.ncpie.org/ provides a
catalog of resources available from all its member organizations.
- The National Coalition of Title I/Chapter 1 Parents
202-547-9286 helps economically disadvantaged
parents develop skills to enhance the quality of their children's education.
- Parent Soup http://www.parentsoup.com
includes an archive of answers to questions asked of pediatricians and
child development experts and advice about helping your children succeed
- The Parents at Home site http://advicom.net/~jsm/moms,
especially for at-home parents, offers e-mail pen pals, a booklist,
and links to children's sites.
- Magellan http://www.mckinley.com/magellan
uses a rating scale to evaluate parenting sites. To look at the ratings
or follow the links, select Reviews, Life & Style, Family, and Parenting.
- The ASPIRA Association, Inc. http://www.incacorp.com/aspira
highlights its two national parent involvement programsASPIRA
Parents for Educational Excellence Program (APEX) and Teachers, Organizations,
and Parents for Students Program (TOPS). Each program provides a Spanish/English
curriculum that strives to empower Latino parents and families.
- The White House web site http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/New/Ratings
describes a strategy to involve government, industry, parent, and
teachers in putting together a rating system so parents can define material
they consider offensive and protect their children effectively.
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