Helpful Resources


The Development of Children ages 6 – 14
“The years between 6 and 14 middle childhood and early adolescence are a time of important developmental advances that establish children’s sense of identity. Social relationships and roles change dramatically as children enter school, join programs, and become involved with peers and adults outside their families. During middle childhood, children develop a sense of self-esteem and individuality, comparing themselves with their peers.” Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Ph.D., is professor of psychology, education, and women’s studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. – A clinical psychologist, nationally recognized author, and educator whose various professional roles enhance her ability to help teens, adults, and families. She has written three parenting books, the best-selling, I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You!, the revised and updated Trust Me—Mom, A Less Stressful Approach to Mothering Teenage Daughters, and Easing Their Stress: Helping Our Girls Thrive in the Age of Pressure.

The Center for Parenting Education – The Center for Parenting Education builds upon families’ strengths by providing parents with the information, skills and principles essential for children to become caring, competent, responsible and resilient.  By incorporating these key protective factors into their relationship with their children, parents foster their children becoming productive citizens in our society and our communities becoming healthier and safer for families and for children.

Screenagers – Are you watching kids scroll though life, with their rapid fire thumbs and a six second attention span? Physician & filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time – friction she knew all too well.

Teenangels – Teenangels are a group of thirteen to eighteen year old volunteers that have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security. Check out their site for Internet safety tips, cyberbullying, cellphones and more.

WiredSafety – WiredSafety is the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. It provides one-to-one help, extensive information, and education to cyberspace users of all ages on a myriad of Internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues. These services are offered through a worldwide organization comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers who administer specialized websites, resources and programs.

Common Sense Media – Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Recent Articles

Move Over, Millennials, Here Comes Generation Z”  – New York Times

Teens’ social media secrets go deeper than parents think  – The CNN investigative report ‘Being Thirteen: Inside The Secret World of Teens’ found that parents who try to control their kids’ social media use often don’t realize that what their kids are posting may not match how they are feeling

17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook – Social media apps that let teens do it all — text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos — often fly under parents’ radars.

Are you holding your own daughter back? Here are 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders” – 
Washington Post

When Friends Become Bullies” – A CNN article that discusses “relational bullying.”

Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers – Facebook has loosened its privacy rules for teenagers as a debate swirls over online threats to children from bullies and sexual predators.