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This Week's Facts:

  1. Online Resources Offer Advice, Support for Fathers

  2. Kids.Gov Provides Great Ideas and Activities for Educational Summer Fun

  3. Advice Helps Parents Communicate with Children About Bullying

  4. Father's Day Fast Facts

National Men's Health Week

Celebrate Men's Health Week with these Timely Tips

Do you find it difficult to get your dad, husband, or other male family members to pay attention to their health needs? Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous can be not seeking health care.  According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24% less likely than women to go to the doctor and have regular checkups. National Men’s Health Week, June 10-16, may be the opportunity you need to encourage self-care. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds men to make their own health a priority with its Healthy Men website. Find tips on how to be healthier and to live a productive life.  The CDC recommends common-sense strategies for health such as getting good sleep, quitting smoking/tobacco use, moving more, eating healthy, and taming stress. For those who haven’t had regular physical checkups or health screenings, you can get a list of suggested screenings and preventive tests to stay healthy at any age. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services campaign, Man Up. Take Control of Your Health, is dedicated to men’s health with resources and facts to help men stay healthy and active. You can also stay up on the latest about men's health at CDC by signing up for e-mail updates in the top right corner of the Men's Health website.


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Online Resources Offer Advice, Support for Fathers

Fatherhood PledgeFather’s Day is a time to celebrate and appreciate dads and those who fill a role as a father figure.  Many fathers are reluctant to talk about their concerns about being a dad. Others simply may not realize they have a place to go for discussion, tips, and advice. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is a national resource for fathers, practitioners, and public programs which serve or support efforts for strong fathers and families. It is funded through the U.S. Office of Family Assistance (OFA). The mission of this program is to provide, assist, and publish current research and strategies that will encourage and strengthen fathers with a variety of tools. Many dads are at a loss on how to spend more quality time with their kids – and this website provides tips and activities to help find more creative ways to enjoy time with their kids. Dads can sign up to take the Fatherhood Pledge to reinforce their commitment to their families and children. They can also find fatherhood programs all over the United States that deal specifically with the issues of becoming a dad. For dads with more experience and a desire to help others, sign up to become a mentor and offer advice, support, and friendship to those who may need the presence of a dad in their lives.  Dads are a vital resource to families and communities. Remember to honor Dad and thank him for his sacrifice. Happy Father’s Day!

Kids.Gov Provides Great Ideas and Activities for Educational Summer Fun

Kids.govKids.gov is the government’s official web portal for kids, with activities for kindergarteners through 8th graders and resources for parents and teachers. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids engaged and learning this summer, Kids.gov has a variety of resources all in one safe spot for your kids. Some highlights from the site include:

  • Games: You won’t mind your kids spending time playing games online when they’re learning about math, science, history and more. In Kids.gov’s Play Games section, they can enjoy adventures like solving secret codes from the National Security Agency, working on word puzzles about the earth from NASA, and experiencing the challenges of being a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • Get Creative: Give your kids a little direction with art projects from Kids.gov, including coloring pages, digital photography projects, and a special collection of interactive painting, collage making and animation projects from the National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids Art Zone.  
  • Videos: Kids.gov’s Videos section has lots of new things for your kids to watch. They can learn about the mysteries of tornadoes with a storm chaser or find out how to handle bullies from StopBullying.gov. And in the series of cool career videos produced by Kids.gov, they can learn about archaeology, meet an albino alligator and her keeper at the National Aquarium, and see how money is made.
  • Outdoor activities: When your kids are ready for a break from the computer, go with them. Kids.gov’s Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition section for parents is full of ideas to keep your family in shape, like LetsMove.gov’s suggestions for working activity into your kids’ daily routine, and Recreation.gov’s collection of family friendly ideas for exploring America’s beaches, mountains, cities and everything in between.

Join Kids.gov for a live Twitter chat to talk about fun and educational activities you can do with your kids this summer on Thursday, June 20th, 1:00 PM (EDT). Follow @kidsgov and use #kidsummer to join the conversation and find new activities for your kids this summer!

Advice Helps Parents Communicate with Children About Bullying

OnGuardOnline.govTalk to your kids about bullying.
Tell your kids that they can't hide behind the words they type and the images they post. Bullying is a lose-lose situation. Hurtful messages not only make the target feel bad, but also make the sender look bad. Often they can bring scorn from peers and punishment from authorities.

Ask your kids to let you know if an online message or image makes them feel threatened or hurt. If you fear for your child's safety, contact the police.

Read the comments. Cyberbullying often involves mean-spirited comments. Check out your kid's page from time to time to see what you find.

Recognize the signs of a cyberbully.
Could your kid be the bully? Look for signs of bullying behavior, such as creating mean images of another kid. Keep in mind that you are a model for your children. Kids learn from adults' gossip and other behavior.

Help stop cyberbullying.
Most kids don’t bully, and there’s no reason for anyone to put up with it. If your child sees cyberbullying happening to someone else, encourage him or her to try to stop it by telling the bully to stop and by not engaging or forwarding anything. Researchers say that bullying usually stops pretty quickly when peers intervene on behalf of the victim. One way to help stop bullying online is to report it to the site or network where you see it.

What to do About a Cyberbully

Don't react to the bully.
If your child is targeted by a cyberbully, keep a cool head. Remind your child that most people realize bullying is wrong. Tell your child not to respond in kind. Instead, encourage him or her to work with you to save the evidence and talk to you about it. If the bullying persists, share the record with school officials or local law enforcement.

Protect your child’s profile.
If your child finds a profile that was created or altered without his or her permission, contact the site to have it taken down.

Block or delete the bully.
If the bullying involves instant messaging or another online service that requires a "friend" or "buddy" list, delete the bully from the lists or block their user name or email address.

This information is brought to you from OnGuardOnline.gov.

FATHER'S DAY FAST FACTS

70.1 million men across the nation were fathers in 2008 (Source: 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), unpublished)
79.1 million Americans participated in a barbecue in 2010. It’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day. ( Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 1240.)
1.96 million men in the U.S. were single fathers in 2012, and nine percent of these single dads were raising three or more children younger than 18. Also, 369,000 children were cared for by stay-at-home dads while their wives worked outside the home. (Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements, 2012
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