Sources for Great Web Sites

AOL Net Find Kids Only. A search engine that links to sites that are safe for kids. The Awesome Library for Teachers, Students and Parents. The Awesome Library organizes your exploration of the World Wide Web with 12,000 carefully reviewed resources. You type in who you are: teacher, kid, teen, parent, librarian or community, and then you get to choose from a wide range of topic areas. Each one opens up to an amazing collection of resource listings and places to visit on the web. There is also a search feature where you type in one or two topic words and go!

Cool Sites for Kids. A great collection of links for kids from the American Library Association. Topics areas include: reading and writing, homework help, nature and environment, people and places, science and technology, planets and space, reference tools, computers and the Internet, visit the museums, and just for fun.

CyberPatrol’s Route 6 – 16. A search engine specifically for parents, teachers, and kids. You type in your topic of interest and see what comes up! More than 3,000 links to over a million pages of information.

Jean Armour Polly’s 100 Extraordinary Experiences for Internet Kids. One hundred great sites in ten categories: for kids who love arts and music; for kids who love comics, cartoons and animation; for kids who love games, toys and interactive stuff; for homework help; for parents; for preschoolers; for kids who love reading, writing or writing to penpals; for kids who love science; for kids who love sports; for teachers. A fabulous resource.

Kids Toy Guns – a website about kids guns, fun army toys, and other such. There is also plenty of information about keeping kids safe from guns too.

Kid Safe Sites. The New Zealand Educator’s Association list of sites that are safe for kids. Lots of intriguing sites here including: interactive science fiction, Maori stories, a girl who collects riddles and knock-knock jokes, a kids’ Star Trek club, animated story books, a kids’ news service, children’s websites from around the world, and much more.

The Kids on the Web. A fabulous collection of links. Check them out!

The Librarian’s Guide to Cyberspace for Parents and Kids. The American Library Association’s choice of 50 great websites for parents and kids. As the authors of the site explain, “The sheer volume of places to go and things to do online can be overwhelming. It can also make it difficult to find the exact information that you want. In fact, some people have compared cyberspace to a library with all the books dumped on the floor. Librarians are experts at selecting, organizing and categorizing information so it is easy to find and use. Today, we are applying those same skills to cyberspace so that you and your child can take best advantage of the vast resources it offers.” A wonderful resource.

700 Great Sites: Amazing, Spectacular, Mysterious, Colorful Websites for Kids and the Adults Who Care About Them. The largest juried collection of sites for kids on the Internet, compiled by the Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children. Search categories for kids include: arts and entertainment, literature and language, people past and present, planet earth and beyond, science and technology. Categories for adults include: sites for parents and caregivers, sites for homeschooling families, sites for educators and librarians, sites about children’s literature, storytelling and puppetry. A phenomenal resource. A jumping off place for EVERYTHING! Don’t miss this site!

Yahooligans! The web guide for kids. A huge database of sites for kids. Categories include: around the world, art soup, computers and games, entertainment, school bell, science and oddities, sports and recreation, and the scoop (comics, weather, and events). An incredible treasure trove of great places for kids to explore online.

For Expectant and New Parents

BabyCenter. A big, commercial site full of information for expectant and new parents. Major topic areas include preconception, pregnancy, and baby. Includes articles, questions and answers, bulletin boards, classified ads, polls, news, a baby gallery, resources for dads, and a shopping mall. Features chat with T. Berry Brazelton. Lots of ads and a mainstream perspective.

Babyhood. Several parents got together and launched this site for parents of children from birth through twenty-four months. Includes a valuable collection of links to websites dealing with health and safety, child care, parenting, recreation, baby products, and more. Includes a comprehensive baby namer and a collection of babies with their own home pages.

BabyZone: Family Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting. A big commercial, magazine-style site that’s full of mostly mainstream information on conception, adoption, pregnancy, maternity health and diet, childbirth choices, maternity and baby-care products and shopping, fatherhood, and baby care, and parenting. Articles, contests, a baby name planner, interactive chat rooms, and much more. Site is updated daily. Lots of ads.

BestFed.Com. An online resource for progressive parenting issues. Hosted by a mother of four, BestFed supports attachment parenting. If you’re into home births, nursing, cloth diapers, baby slings, a family bed and homeschooling, this site is for you. Provides resources on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, babies, toddlers, kids of all ages, education and parenting. Includes an online bookstore and access to discussion groups.

The Breastfeeding Page. Information for nursing mothers. Includes information on a wide range of topics including breastfeeding after a c-section, nursing toddlers, breastfeeding multiples, and nursing babies with Downs Syndrome. Resources on the benefits of nursing, attachment parenting, nursing strikes, nursing while taking Prozac, and much, much more. Extensive links.

Childbirth.Org. Pregnancy and childbirth information for expectant parents. Site opens with the sentence, “Birth is a natural process, not a medical procedure.” Extensive resources including chat rooms, birth stories, ideas for picking a pediatrician, answers from a childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor. Valuable information on prenatal care, traveling during pregnancy, interactive birth plans, doulas, and newborn care. The whole site advocates the empowerment of parents. An ad comes up when you first enter the site.

The Childbirth Web. The Childbirth WEB is a mother-to-mother organization gathering personal stories of women’s experiences of childbirth. “We are collecting this information for the purpose of better understanding the non-medical issues surrounding childbirth, including topics such as how a woman’s expectations can effect her birth, and how her birth experience can effect her parenting and her life in general. Our goal is to focus more attention on the emotional and spiritual needs of women, babies and those who attend them, while reducing reliance on technology and interventions during childbirth.” If you visit their site, you can add your story to their growing archives.

For Parents of Preemies. This site, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin and The Center For Perinatal Care at Meriter Hospital in Madison, provides invaluable information for parents of premature infants. Topics include: anticipating the birth of a preemie, chances for survival, the likelihood of disabilities, the neonatal intensive care unit, common problems, preparing for discharge, questions after discharge, understanding your preemie, getting emotional support, later problems of preemies, child safety, and other requested topics. Excellent resources and links to information on preemies and loss/grief. Site information available in Spanish and English.

La Leche League International. Online support for breastfeeding moms. A high-quality informative site.

Motherstuff. A fabulous collection of links to topics relating to pregnancy, health, birth, miscarriage, preemies, midwifery, breastfeeding, mothering, and parenting. Also includes a bookstore, a business directory, and a bulletin board. A lovely site full of connections to lots of unusual, worthwhile resources.

The Online Birth Center. Extensive resources, links, and articles on midwifery, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and alternative health care. Site also features a free online newsletter.

Pampers Parenting Institute. This site advertises diapers, and also provides advice from T. Berry Brazelton and other experts on issues related to baby care in the first year of life. Includes sound information on health and safety, motor skills, feeding, cognitive development, and physical development.

EmployMoms.com – a career focused site about moms working, going back to school, working from home with legit programs, and making money online.

Sabrina’s Pregnancy Page. Childbirth educator and web enthusiast, Sabrina Cuddy, has created a great site full of resources and links to a wide range of topics of interest to expectant parents. Includes lots of links, a c-section photo gallery, a pregnancy chat group, and several e-mail discussion groups: ICAN for people who want to discuss c-sections in a supportive environment, PAM for people attempting pregnancy after a miscarriage or other pregnancy loss, MIDWIFE for midwives, YALAD to discuss Jewish birthing practices (but not the pros and cons of circumcision), CCE for childbirth educators, DOULA for professional pregnancy, labor and postpartum care providers, AL for midwives-in-training, REACH for birth professionals and survivors interested in understanding the effects of childhood abuse on pregnancy and the birth process, and THE LADY’S HANDS for Pagan birth professionals. A great place to visit for networking and information.

Zero to Three. This visually beautiful website, sponsored by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, opens with this descriptor: “a virtual space dedicated solely to the healthy development of infants and toddlers — our youngest explorers.” Zero to Three disseminates key developmental information, trains providers, promotes model approaches and standards of practice and works to increase public awareness about the significance of the first three years of life. Their website is divided into two sections, one for parents and one for professionals. Includes developmental information and a tip of the week.

Emphasis on Moms – a website about being a mom and issues related to being a mom.


 

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