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At Girls Inc., we believe that all girls are inherently strong, smart, and bold, but need help overcoming society’s messages and pressures that make them doubt their self worth. Girls gain confidence when they are encouraged to set achievable goals, explore their worlds, and dream beyond their realities. Girls feel most empowered when they trust the adults in their lives to lead them to discover that their potential is limitless and reinforce that their accomplishments will always be celebrated.

As parents, caregivers, and trusted adults in girls’ lives, you play an essential role in shaping their futures. Girls Inc. wants to be a trusted partner in this critical work. Explore resources that will help you inspire the daughters in your life to value themselves for exactly who they are: strong, smart, and bold girls.

Bullying/Cyberbullying

  • Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.

    App Features
    · Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
    · Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and teens.
    · Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
    · Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.
    · Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

  • Want to stop Cyberbullying? Get the Re-Think App, the first ever solution to prevent cyberbullying before it starts! How does it work? When a teen tries to post a hurtful or offensive message on social media, Re-Think uses its technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the teen a second chance to think about their decision.

  • You’ve seen it: someone leaves a rude comment on someone’s page or video. Use the “I Witness” Emoji to show bullying is NOT OKAY! Learn more about the emoji and what you can do to end bullying at IWitnessBullying.org.

  • This is the Girls Inc. Website for Girls! Girls get a lot of negative messages telling them they can’t do things or should look and behave in certain ways just because they’re girls. Girls Inc. is there to remind girls that this is just…well, nonsense. Girls Inc. knows girls can do anything and become anything they try.

    Girls Inc. Online is one way that Girls Inc. shows girls how to discover and get excited about their potential. Create a profile and show what strong, smart, and bold. Set and share goals about the amazing things girls and women have accomplished.

  • Catch up on the latest news and trends in cyberbullying and how to protect your children.

  • Learn more about what cyberbullying is, how it works, and ways you can take action.

  • One of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety.

  • Offers a range of resources on how to keep yourself and kids of all ages safer online.

  • Webopedia is an online tech dictionary that provides definitions to words, phrases and abbreviations related to computing and information technology. It provides easy-to-understand definitions, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible so that the site is accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge.

  • The Internet Dictionary

  • Bullying can be an isolating experience — not just for the kids involved — but for their parents, too. Fortunately, there is help. This guide offers a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying.

  • NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.

  • We live in a society that strives for “likes,” but when it comes to the self-esteem of today’s young women, it seems it’s hardest for them to “like” themselves. New York City’s local CBS station featured a special report “Living in Live Time” to bring awareness to prevent bullying through social media.

  • Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children

  • Helping parents, youth workers, educators, pastors and others understand and reach today's youth culture

  • Learn how the software Norton Family Premier (onlinefamily.norton.com) can help you as a parent monitor what your children are doing online. Article courtesy of ABC News.

  • Parent's Guide to Facebook

  • Dealing with Cyberbullying

  • Bullying Tip Sheet

  • What Parents Must Know About Social Media

  • FAQ about Social Media

  • How to Prevent and Stop Cyberbullying

  • Body-Shaming: What Is It & Why Do We Do It?

  • This Girls Inc. book, by Claire Mysko, empowers girls to celebrate what makes them unique as they challenge the pressure to be perfect.

  • How to Raise a Girl Who Knows Her Rights - written by Carla Fine

    The pressures a girl experiences growing up today are more intense than ever before. There are gender stereotypes to buck, narrow expectations to contend with, conflicting messages to make sense of. A girl is told that it's important to excel in school and pursue a career, but that she should also keep her voice down, watch her weight, and make sure that everyone else around her is happy.

    Strong, Smart, and Bold shows you how to raise a confident, courageous, and self-sufficient girl. Based on the successful approach of Girls Inc., the nation's leading empowerment organization for girls, this book offers proven techniques and compelling success stories to bring out a girl's spirit as early as possible and to give her the self-assurance she needs to thrive in an increasingly complex and pressured world. Encourage your young woman to find her voice, speak up, and be heard with Strong, Smart, and Bold.

  • By: Nancy Jo Sales
    Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales’s riveting and explosive American Girls.

    What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut-shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today’s teenage girls

Self Esteem

  • Kids Empowered offers programs and training to empower children, parents and professionals to deal with unfriendly classmates and friends, bullying, relational aggression and to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills.

  • At Girls Inc., we believe all girls should know their rights.

  • How you can support girls' rights through talking and listening.

Parenting/Healthy Families

  • No family is without problems. This site offers advice on a variety of issues families may face.

  • Great website for parents on child abuse prevention information, internet/cell phone/social media information, handling stress, coping with trauma, and parent-child communication.

  • Call 1-866-962-3030. The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) is a collaborative service of the University of Alabama Child Development Resources and the Alabama Children's Trust Fund. When callers call, a parenting resource specialist will answer the phone, listen to you, then offer helpful information and support.

  • ParentFurther is an online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities. Family relationships provide the foundation from which young people can develop the motivation and skills to overcome challenges and thrive.

Education

  • TogetheRead is a series of recommended books, questions, and activities designed around two important facts: Reading is a critical skill for a successful future; and kids always want to have FUN!

  • Learn how you can help raise a financially savvy girl.

  • Here are ways you can encourage girls to thrive in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • There is a growing trend of parents moving away from piggy banks to opening bank accounts for their child so they can start saving for the future. The problem is deciding which banks offer the best fit for each family. The Simple Dollar researched the top rated banks and analyzed their service offerings to identify the best free banking accounts and create this comprehensive guide for parents.

Tips for Talking to Your Teen

  • Here, find tips on how to talk to your teen about healthy relationships.

  • Tips for answering your child's questions about sexuality.

  • It’s important to talk with girls about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and their right to be respected and safe. Here is a list of relationship violence signs for parents.

  • Talking to young people about tragedy can be difficult. This document can help you talk to the young people in your life after a tragedy occurs.

Drug Abuse Prevention

  • Parents should stay informed about what their children do and what is going in their lives. In order to prevent kids from abusing drugs or help them recover from addiction, parents should understand drug addiction and the effects it has on teens.

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