Session 1: Cultural Pressures

Suggested additional resources

Peer Pressure: This resource provides background information on the many different types of peer pressure, both positive and negative. It offers tips for kids and parents on how to handle these situations, including underage drinking and drug use.

 

Session 2: Family Rituals and Celebrations

Featured resources

  • Pg. 2-3: While the Simple Living Network closed its doors so its founder could practice true simplicity, you can find the network’s archived and new forum discussions on simple living at http://www.simplelivingforum.net/
  • Pg. 2-3: The Center for a New American Dream offers many wonderful resources on simplicity and finding alternatives to materialism and consumer culture. Their new animated video on “The High Price of Materialism” illustrates how materialist values are detrimental to our well-being and what we can do to improve our personal well-being and create a more humane society and a more sustainable world.

Suggested additional resources

The Green Parent features green living tips for parents, by parents.

Session 3: Advertising

Featured resources

  • Pg. 3-2: While the TV-Turnoff Network is no longer operating, the Unplug Your Kids blog offers many ideas for fun activities and projects that don’t involve screens, as well as many resources for other Unplug TV websites.
  • Pg. 3-3: Commercial Alert works to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity, and democracy. Their website offers opportunities to engage in advocacy efforts to limit commercialism in our society.

Session 4: Food and Health

Featured resources

  • Pg. 4-3: The Physicians for Social Responsibility website offers thorough and up-to-date information for both children and adults on certain environmental hazards to our health and how we can defend against them.
  • Pg. 4-3: Safe Substitutes at Home: Non-toxic Household Products- The weblink printed in the course book is no longer active. However, there is some helpful information under the same name here.
  • Pg. 4-3: The Environmental Working Group provides information on children’s health as it relates to food, everyday products, and pollution in our natural environment. The Group also offers resources on other ecological concerns like energy choices, farming, and resource degradation.
  • Pg. 4-3: Rethinking School Lunch is a resource produced by the Center for Ecoliteracy that details ideas and strategies for reforming school lunch programs to better promote health and ecological awareness. The Center also provides resources on a number of other current environmental issues that can provide learning opportunities to both children and adults alike. Suggested additional resources

Children’s Environmental Health Network: From their website, “The Children’s Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment.”

 

KidsHealth features accessible sites specifically geared toward parents, kids and teens about health, behavior and development, from pre-natal development through the teenage years.

Babble is an online resource related to early childhood development. It pays particular attention to issues that affect the health of young children. Some topics covered include healthy food choices, safe product purchases, and tips for addressing diseases/disorders such as asthma, flu, diabetes, and ADHD.

Session 5: Time and Creativity

Featured resources

  • Pg. 5-2: Putting Family First is a group of citizens building a community where family life is an honored and celebrated priority. It developed a seal of approval for organizations that do a good job balancing family time with a particular outside activity and commissioned the book, Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-Up World, to help further promote the value of strong family connections.

Suggested additional resources

Another educational resource page with activities for kids, teachers and the home, Children of the Earth is a good resource for parents looking to get their children more involved in the environment and the outdoors.

The PBS Kids website offers child-focused activities for interacting with the environment and taking care of their outdoor space. The website also overviews what children can do to make a difference for the planet or their community and why it is important.

The GREENS is a fun, clever and interactive site for kids from WGBH about sustainability and green living. It features episodes, games, and a blog by a make-believe family known as “the Greens.”

 

Session 6: Technology and the Media

Featured resources

  • Pg. 6-2: While the National Institute on Media and the Family shut down in 2009, it continues its work in partnership with the Search Institute, which provides information on ways to best handle the mass exposure of media experienced by children.
  • Pg. 6-3: Early Television Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems in Children (The American Academy of Pediatrics): www.commercialalert.org/tvadhd.pdf
  • Pg. 6-3: The Alliance for Childhood promotes practices that support the healthy development of children (socially, physically, and emotionally), with the goal of ensuring a more just, equitable, and ecologically sustainable future for today’s youth.
  • Pg. 6-3: GetNetWise offers information on how to keep children safe online and also provides adults with useful information on online security, privacy, and email protection.
  • Pg. 6-3: Unfortunately, the Provo Media Review Commission no longer exists.
  • Pg. 6-3: The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media has movie and media reviews of child-friendly movies and shows. Visitors can browse reviews or create their own, and kids can also make their own video review of their favorite media.

Suggested additional resources

Kids Health provides a number of resources for parents, kids, and teens on topics ranging from health to behavior. This particular resource relates to kids and technology. It provides tips for parents on keeping their children safe while on the internet, and limiting the amount of time kids spend playing videogames and watching TV.

The Daily Green features a list of 10 of the best eco movies for kids.

 

Session 7: Exploring Nature

Featured resources

  • Pg. 7-2: The National Wildlife Federation provides kid-friendly resources including activities, games, and publications to help children learn about wildlife, the value of being outdoors, and ways to ensure that animals are respected and protected for years to come.
  • Pg. 7-2: The National Gardening Association publishes educational materials, such as A Journal of Garden-Based Learning, Gardening Ideas, and Gardening with Kids, all of which can be found at their website. These resources offer parents and teachers garden-based ideas, like seed collections, butterfly gardens, and worm habitats, to share with kids.
  • Pg. 7-3: The National Audubon Society offers a number of camps, games, family activities, and educational materials for kids. All of these are designed to help get kids outdoors and promote a greater respect and appreciation for nature.
  • Pg. 7-3: Roots and Shoots is an international environmental and humanitarian program for young people developed by the Jane Goodall Institute. Members (ranging from kindergarteners to college students) plan and implement projects that help promote healthy communities and a healthy environment.
  • Pg. 7-3: Hooked on Nature is an educational campaign to inspire communities to create an infrastructure that provides youth of all ages with an opportunity to develop a relationship with nature.

 

Suggested additional resources

The Natural Resource Defense Council website features a section dedicated to kids. Resources are broken into specific categories, like animals, plants, pollution, water, etc.

The National Parks website features different curriculum options and educational opportunities for kids, and could be a good resource for teachers trying to develop a children’s outdoor program.

US Fish and Wildlife Service’s website for parents and kids contains information for kids, families, teachers, and youth group leaders on outdoor activities and projects.

An interview with author Richard Louv on his book:  Last Child in the Woods

This PBS website known as Eekoworld teaches children how they can help take care of the earth. Cheeko – an animated character with a monkey’s head, the body of a shark, and wings – uses games and activities to present facts about ecosystems and pollution. Children can build their own “EekoCreature” and help it overcome environmental problems. While many of the choices and solutions are simplified and sometimes one-sided, this site is good for teaching younger kids (ages 6 to 9) about the environment and how their actions affect it.

 

General:

The PBS website for parents provides a useful Q and A forum for parents to talk to experts about important aspects of their children’s lives: getting outside, eating right, keeping kids safe from toxins and pollutants.

A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change offers videos and interactive tools geared toward kids to help them learn about climate change. It details the science behind climate change, addresses its possible impacts and solutions, and gives kids a chance to calculate their own carbon footprint.