Links for Parents
- These lunch ideas and nutrition information from the people at the Laptop Lunches site can be helpful for parents trying to work within our wellness policy.
- A list of websites "that celebrate the empowerment of young females in a variety of activities and disciplines. They have in common their recognition that gender is not an impediment to accomplishment."
- Santa Cruz Kids is a reference for all kinds of activities available to kids in Santa Cruz County.
- Dance Mat Typing from the BBC is an online typing program that your child can work with to improve his or her typing.
- Typing Adventure is a quick and fun online test of your child's typing skills. Have your child do it more than once, trying to best his or her own time.
- The Media Awareness Network has information and resources for both parents and teachers trying to make their children more aware of the effect the media has on them. MAN's materials teach critical thinking in a way that helps children learn not to take at face value the things they find on the internet, media hype and advertising, and other forms of propaganda.
- Article on Girl Guides (like Girl Scouts in the UK) calling for airbrushed photos to be labeled.
- A wonderful hands-on demonstration (used in the 6th grade Media Literacy program) of how images of women are retouched for magazines, thanks to the Swedish government's department of education.
- Propaganda Critic, a website devoted to the continuation of the Institute for Propaganda Analysis. Composed of social scientists and journalists, the IPA was created to educate the American public about the widespread nature of political propaganda. Some of their ideas are discussed in Media Literacy, in the interests of critical thinking skill development.