Parenting tips and resources

Active links are in red

Also see recommended reading and references on the source notes page

Building self-esteem in girls

Resources for parents and girls to fight sexualization of girls

Articles and workshops for building female body confidence


Source of peer-to-peer advice on bullying backed by experts

Videos and other anti bullying resources

Cyberbullying information and resources for  parents and adults working with youth

Advocacy group for ensuring safe education for all students

Resources for kids, parents, and educators to fight bullying

Anti bullying and cyberbullying information, programs, and resources

Wide range of resources for kids, teens, parents, and schools, including:

       Teens Against Bullying

       Kids Against Bullying

Training toolkit for bus drivers to support safe climates for students on buses

SAMHSA's free "KnowBullying" app that helps parents and educators prevent and stop kids from being bullied

Bullying instructional video on Youtube

Information, advice, and prevention training resources on bullying, including cyberbullying  

Child abuse and neglect 

Child abuse and neglect information and prevention programs

Child abuse and neglect prevention programs

Child abuse help and prevention, intervention, and treatment programs

  • National Child Abuse Hotline

(1-800) 4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
Counseling for parenting crises and adult survivors of abuse, parenting help referrals, and how to report child maltreatment

Community resources to reduce youth violence 

Mentoring and programs to grow confident, capable, and caring kids

Large, successful, national mentoring organization

Identifies programs effective at crime prevention, reducing antisocial behaviors and promoting healthy youth development

Character and life-skill development and support for at-risk youth

Model for building partnerships between schools and communities to prevent bullying and substance use, and promote mental health and early childhood social-emotional learning

Searchable directory of evidence-based programs that prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in youth

Searchable registry of area mentoring programs and tools and support for mentoring organizations

Resources for victims of crimes, crime prevention

Information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs

Community youth violence prevention initiative from the CDC

Crisis help

Immediate counseling for dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from tragedy and traumatic events  

Dating violence 

Free online training for educators and youth leaders to improve teen health

Organization educating and empowering young people to prevent and end abusive relationships

Domestic violence

Although designed for dating violence, website information and support may aid domestic violence victims

Education, assistance, and advocacy resource center

(1-800) 799-SAFE (7233)
TTY: (1-800) 787-3224
Call for anonymous, confidential help

Drugs and alcohol

Addiction and treatment information and resources, including search tool for rehab facilities

Help for parents, youth, and others concerned about someone’s alcohol or drug dependence

Information on substances of abuse and strategies for prevention of drug abuse

(1-800) 662-HELP (4357)
TTY: (1-800) 487-4889
Treatment referral and information about substance use and mental health disorders

A searchable registry of evidence-based substance abuse and mental health interventions

Search engine for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment centers


School-based teen gang and violence prevention program from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Information for parents and communities about gangs and prevention programs from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

List of programs for community delinquency and gang involvement prevention and intervention

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth support

LGBT youth advocacy group for ensuring safe education for all students

(1-866) 488-7386
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

Gun safety

Nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates for stronger gun laws and reduction of gun violence

Safe gun storage by a shooting sport organization

Media: Entertainment, cell phone, and internet safety

Advice on various forms of electronic media

Educational tools for teachers and youth leaders

Help for making smart family and student media choices, media literacy education resources, and advocacy

Internet safety and cyberbullying prevention information

A parent’s guide to Internet safety

Parental monitoring and control solutions for safe internet browsing, app use, and photo sharing on Apple devices, includes remote app turn-off and activity reports, a curated library of educational websites and apps, and a great blog about media use in children and teens

Documentary films about media, culture, and society for the classroom or home

Parental control software for smartphones, including tracking

Cell phone safety information

Internet safety information and lessons

Searchable online resource for answering questions on Internet safety

Education and advocacy for responsible entertainment, includes campaigns

Campaigns fighting female sexualization

Monitors social media, tracks phones, provides guide to teaching tech savvy

Mental health

Facts for families, an alphabetized topical list of children's mental health issues

Information and support for psychological and emotional issues

A searchable website providing educational videos about childhood disorders, help finding a therapist, and evidence-based treatment options

A searchable registry of empirically supported mental health treatments for adults and children

Often free in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis

Mental health disorder information and resources

Searchable registry of evidence-based mental health and substance abuse interventions

(1-800) 662-HELP (4357)
TTY: (1-800) 487-4889

Treatment referral and information about mental and substance use disorders

Search engine for behavioral and mental health treatment centers

Parenting tips and support

Alphabetized topical list of advice on parenting and mental health topics

Topical advice on raising boys and girls and common concerns

Articles and videos on parenting by child age and topic

Parenting tips, resources, and programs

Safety of children and neighborhoods (also see Media)

Information on safety to prevent abduction, including their Kidsmartz program

(1-800) THE-LOST ((1-800) 843-5678)
Also known as the CyberTipline; call to report information about missing children or suspected child sexual exploitation

Home and neighborhood crime prevention

McGruff Club

McGruff Club safety and crime prevention program for kids aged six to ten

Hate crimes

Hate crime information and prevention strategies

(1-800) RUN-AWAY ((1-800) 786-2929)

Support for youth in crisis

Wide variety of safety and parenting topics

School safety

Click on image "To Protect & Educate" to access a publication explaining the role of school resource officers

A guide for parents, schools, and communities by the National Crime Prevention Council

Program for school safety and security by the National Crime Prevention Council

A federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among youth, schools, and communities

Street and cyber safety, anti-bullying, drug and alcohol prevention resources designed for students to read and play

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates

Sexual violence

Searchable sex offender database

The nation’s largest anti–sexual assault organization with information, assistance, and activism

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    (1-800) 656-HOPE ((1-800) 656-4673)
    Confidential support and referral service for survivors of sexual assault


Suicide risk factors, statistics, and prevention strategies

(1-800) 273-TALK ((1-800) 273-8255)
Intervention for people at risk for suicide and gateway for helping reduce the problem