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“We’re a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions — or help a friend who needs advice. There’s a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web. Our mission is to tell it to you straight.”–From the website.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

President Obama has declared October, 2009, as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline web site has much information on domestic violence, including resources, statistics, and more.  The hotline number is:  1-800-799-Safe (7233).

Teen Health Links

Thanks to Kay Due (Administration) for passing this along!

This is a great collection of links on the topic of teen health from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Find Your Summer Camp 2009

The Memphis Commercial Appeal provides this online search tool to help you find summer camps in the Memphis Area.   There are ways to narrow your search, including by camp type:  Arts/Hobbies, Day Camps, Educational, Residential, Specialty, and Sports.

Outreach for teens in need

This site was brought to the attention of the Children’s Services  and Teen Services Lists by Shelley Moore of Raleigh. The site was located by Doris Dixon, also of Raleigh.

Unfortunately, abusive teen relationships exist in our society, but perhaps, with all the links and resources stemming from the site itself, these upsetting encounters will disappear.

Thanks, Shelley, for promoting the site, and to Doris for locating the site!

URDB: The Universal Record Database

The URDB is “an open, participatory database for world records.”  This is a very new site, but it allows people to search existing records, set new ones, or try to surpass old records.  So, if you are curious about the “Longest Shh…” or the “Largest Toothpick Beard,” this is the site for you.

Free Technology for Teachers

This blog reviews free technology resources for teachers and offers guidance on how to integrate technology into the classroom.  And of course, the best part is that everything is free!  A quick scan suggests that the content is very timely and well-researched.

Build Your Family Tree

Thanks to Mary Seratt and Hillary Pesson for passing this along!

dynastree is a site that allows users to create their own family trees.  This could be very helpful for children who need to do a genealogy project.  There is also a great tool that will map the distribution of a particular surname in the U.S.  A free registration is required to build a family tree, but the mapping tool can be used without a registration.

Online Game Manuals

Vimm’s Lair –

Meekeo –

I may be a complete geek, but unfortunately I’m not a gamer.  So I can’t quite explain the difference between these two sites… Though it seems that Vimm’s caters to the ‘classic’ gamer, while Meekeo is geared more toward current systems.

Either way, they both offer full manuals to gazillions of games.  And Vimm’s also has game codes and reviews.

Happy gaming!

Free Clip Art

I often have students looking for clip art for their PowerPoint presentations or reports, and since the Clip Organizer in Word doesn’t always behave as it should, I often end up directing them to a Google image search.  The problem with that?  Often those images are copyrighted.  So, here are two sites that offer thousands of free clip art images in the public domain:

WP Clip Art –

Open Clip Art Library –

Online Resources for Writers

Amherst College has compiled a directory of online resources for writers.  Information has been gathered from a number of academic institutions and compiled under headings such as “Thesis and Argument” and “Paragraph Unity and Coherence.”  This will be a great resource for students who need help with the process of writing.

See Also: Links for Writers (previous post)

Student Voting Rights

Thanks to Doris Dixon (Raleigh) for passing this along!

Recognizing that student voters, who are generally first-time voters, have significant issues when it comes to voting, the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law created this site to help student voters understand their rights.  Click on a state to find out more about residency requirements, absentee voting, ID requirements and more. 

Example: “In Michigan and Tennessee, first-time voters who register by mail are required to vote in person, making absentee voting impossible for students attending distant schools to vote in their hometowns.”

Kids Meals : Obesity on the Menu

The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers here the results of their investigation into the nutritional quality of children’s meals at 13 top restaurant chains.

Sharing our national past time worldwide

This is a non-profit organization relying on donations of “gently used” baseball uniforms and equipment so underprivilege children may enjoy America’s national past time across the world.  The website addresses the organization’s four goals:

   •   To support the growth of baseball in the U.S. and internationally.
   •   To give kids equipment so they can get out, have fun and stay healthy.
   •   To teach kids important lessons through baseball, like teamwork and sportsmanship.
   •   To make friends across the world through America’s past time.

Being a fan of the game of baseball, I personally liked and approved what the organization is doing.  Enjoy the site!

TCIDS — Tennesee Career Information Delivery System

“TCIDS is an online supercenter that unlocks career and educational opportunites–FREE to Tennesseans!”–From website.  Geared toward students, parents, and teachers, this is also a site that could be helpful to anyone researching careers and schools.  There is a Career database and Education database that can be searched; both of which provide detailed information.