Fight teen trolls with help from the Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Research CenterDr. Sameer Hinduja of Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Justin Patchin of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire work together to research the causes and consequences of cyberbullying. In addition to advice for parents and teens about how to prevent and deal with cyberbullying, the professors provide a current list of anti-cyberbullying laws by state: http://www.cyberbullying.us/Bullying_and_Cyberbullying_Laws.pdf.

Cyberbullying Research Center
http://www.cyberbullying.us

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Go Ask Alice! answers the sensitive questions of teens and adults.

Go Ask AliceMy teen may have questions about touchy topics like sex or alcohol that he doesn’t want to ask me…or that I don’t have answers for. I trust Go Ask Alice!, from the Health Services department of Columbia University, to furnish him with unbiased, quality information about emotionally charged subjects.

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

Fastweb helps find money for college.

FastwebThis free service (with lots of ads) asks applicants to fill out an extensive online questionnaire about their interests and experiences, as well as those of their parents. Then, it matches these characteristics to a huge database of scholarships. When new scholarships appear that fit a profile, Fastweb sends e-mail to notify students about it. It also can automatically print out a scholarship query letter. All a student has to do is sign it and pop it in the mail. Cool!

http://www.fastweb.com

 

A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

Teen BrainThe Partnership for a Drug-Free America answers the question, “Why does your teen do that?” Turns out, from age 13 to 25, the brain matures from the back to the front, strengthening some connections and permanently pruning those it doesn’t use. For a few years, the amygdala reigns, raging with all its impulse and emotion. Finally, the judgment center behind the forehead comes into its own, but not until your kid is way out of college.

http://www.drugfree.org/teenbrain/

RateMyProfessors.com helps students choose classes.

RateMyProfessors.comCollege students use the frank Rate My Professors to help them choose their classes.  Leslie Fields, Monitor at Crowell Public Library says, “This site was *so* helpful to me when I was in school. It helped me to avoid bad teachers, or to see if they taught one class better than others.” (Apparently, some professors are more effective when instructing small upper level seminars than they at inspiring a large survey class.)  “I used this all the time!” she declares. These days, Fields could rate her instructors via cell phone with the free iPhone app [http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rate-my-professors/id345381821].

http://ratemyprofessors.com