Volume 4 Number 1
©The Author(s) 2002
A New Publication from ERIC/EECE's National Parent Information Network
Violence Prevention Resource Guide for ParentsParents, teachers, and family support professionals often look for resources that provide an easy-to-read balanced view of the complex issues surrounding violence among children and youth. To fill that need, ERIC/EECE's National Parent Information Network produced the Violence Prevention Resource Guide for Parents. The Guide is designed to provide easy access to information about the three main stages in childhood: the early years (birth to 5), the middle years (6 to 12), and the teen years (13 to 18). Within each section are discussions of the issues related to violence in children and practical suggestions parents can use to prevent violence at each stage. Along with a developmental overview, the topics addressed include:
- The Early Yearsbrain development and infant attachment, impulse control, prosocial skills, violence on television and in other media, toys that promote violent behavior, early child care experiences, and managing family conflict.
- The Middle Yearspeer relationships, popular entertainment media, appropriate after-school care and monitoring, encouraging school success, conflict management skills, and meaningful connections within the community.
- The Teen Yearscommunity involvement, substance abuse, access to guns and other weapons, peer influence, dating relationships, and successful transitions to young adulthood.
Also included in the Guide are Parent Summary Sheetsone-page handouts on each topic. The 23 Parent Summary Sheets can be easily photocopied to share with busy parents and professionals.
The Guide also provides a link to related readings on the NPIN Web site (http://npin.org/ivpaguide/appendix/index.html). Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of these readings are available for easy duplication to share with parents and others. The readings can support informal discussions or parenting classes, or can be used in school "take-home" packets. The online appendix will be regularly updated on the Web site as new resources become available.
The complete Guide, including the reproducible Parent Summary Sheets, is available for $15.00 [plus $2.50 (U.S.) or $5.00 (foreign) shipping and handling]. Checks should be made out to the University of Illinois. For more information or to order the Violence Prevention Resource Guide for Parents, contact ERIC/EECE.
Satellite Town Meetings
Since September, 2001, the U.S. Department of Education has sponsored monthly Satellite Town Meetings on various topics in education. The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) has participated in this effort by preparing a resource page related to each of these town meetings. These resources pages are uploaded each month to the NPIN Web site. The following resources are available:
Editor's note: As of December 31, 2003, the National Parent Information Network has been discontinued. The information in the following section of this publication may not be current.
- Talking about Terrorism,
Tragedy, and Resilience: Resources for Parents, Teachers, and
Family Support Professionals
Satellite Town Meeting: Families Involved in Learning: The Key to Student Success
(Note that this NPIN resource was slightly off topic. The intention was to provide parents and teachers with information on helping children deal with terrorism, given the terrorist attack in New York that had occurred the previous week.)
- Character Education:
The Role of Parents, Teachers, and the Community
Satellite Town Meeting: Character Education: Teaching Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship
- What Does "No
Child Left Behind" Mean for Parents?
Satellite Town Meeting: "No Child Left Behind": What It Means for Parents
- What Does "Testing
for Results" Mean for Parents?
Satellite Town Meeting: Testing for Results: Using Assessment to Measure Effectiveness and Drive Instruction
- Charters, Magnets,
and Choice: Expanding Options for America's Parents
Satellite Town Meeting: Charters, Magnets, and Choice: Expanding Options for America's Parents
- What Does "Teacher
Quality: Ensuring Excellence in Every Classroom" Mean for
Satellite Town Meeting: Teacher Quality: Ensuring Excellence in Every Classroom
- Improving America's
High Schools: Preparing America's Future
Satellite Town Meeting: Improving America's High Schools: Preparing America's Future
Each month on the NPIN home page, you can find a link to the resource that has been prepared for that month's Satellite Town Meeting. Visit the NPIN home page at: http://npin.org.
For information on the satellite broadcasts themselves, you can visit this page maintained for the U.S. Department of Education: http://www.connectlive.com/events/edtownmeetings/.
This page provides a list of all the town meetings, with links to information about each specific meeting. This information includes a description of the content of the meeting plus instructions for participating in the meeting. Links are also provided to video archives of the Satellite Town Meetings. These archives are available in RealMedia format. The RealPlayer is required to views these files. Links are provided for downloading this free player.