Family Digital Resource Center

Welcome to the Family Digital Resource Center!

We believe that the materials, stories, and website links you find here will provide a starting point of valuable information gathering for the entire family.

As digital natives, today’s children and youth are conversant with computers and various other digital media. Parents and adults generally assume the role of the digital immigrant – those of us who were not born into the digital world, but have adopted some or many aspects of new technology over time.

The resources found here are aimed at information sharing and guidance for parents, children and teens, and cover topics related to education, digital technology, safe and responsible Internet use, and student achievement.

News and Research

Guide to Bullying Prevention

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk.

A Parents Guide to Healthy Sleep for Children and Youth

Started back in March 2012,, Search Institute’s parenting resource, is offering free, monthly, expert-guided webinars.

The webinars are designed to accommodate busy parents who want to learn how to raise successful kids and organizations who need to engage parents with positive parenting tips and resources.

Understanding the mysterious teenage brain
It’s a question that has plagued parents for generations: Why do teenagers act the way they do? Why the angst, anger and unnecessary risks? Many scientists say a growing body of research may provide some answers.

What if the Secret to Success is Failure?
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.

How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids?
Scientists have long clashed over whether violent video games have an adverse effect on young people. Indeed, the conclusions of different groups of researchers are so contradictory they could give a tennis umpire whiplash.

Family Involvement News
This list of links to current reports, articles, events, and opportunities will help you stay on top of research and resources from Harvard Family Research Project and other field leaders.

Calypso’s Schoolyard Garden Initiative
The Schoolyard Garden Initiative was created in response to the need for hands- on educational opportunities in the schools, a garden connection for kids, and locally grown food for the community. Find out more here.

Social Emotional Learning in Alaska
Alaska has been on the frontier of the district-wide implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) since the 1990s. Read this collaborative brief from CASEL, AASB, and the Anchorage School District.

more articles and research on digital learning and education


Web Site Links and Resources

Web Sites for Parents and Educators

Web Sites for Children and Youth

Family-Friendly Web Sites

Youth-Friendly Search Engines

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