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Helping Your Child Develop Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a major key to success in life. The development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is extremely important to the happiness and success of children and teenagers.  Parents, more than anyone else can promote their child's self-esteem. It isn't a particularly difficult thing to do. If fact, most parents do it without even realizing that their words and actions have great impact on how their child or teenager feels about himself.

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind. When you feel good about your child, mention it to him. Parents are often quick to express negative feelings to children but somehow don't get around to describing positive feelings.  A child doesn't know when you are feeling good about him and he needs to hear you tell him that you like having him in the family.

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Cyber Safe Kids - A Guide for Parents

The Internet is a great place for children to spend part of their time. As long as their time online is balanced with other important activities - playing outside, reading, creative activities, spending time with friends and family - the Internet can be fun and beneficial.  

This brief guide will provide suggestions for parents of elementary students on the important steps you can take to ensure your children’s time spent online is safe and fun.  

Online Risks Faced by Children

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Cyber Savvy Teens - A Guide for Parents

Active & Positive Parenting

Research has shown that teens whose parents are actively and positively involved in their online activities engage in less risk-taking behavior. These are steps you can take:

Appreciate your child’s online activities.  Show interest in your child’s online friends. Work in partnership to address any concerns.

Make sure you have implemented appropriate security against malware, use a spam blocker, block pop-up ads, and use safe search features. Never allow peer-to-peer software.   

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