Parents and Kids

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Texting while driving is dangerous -- and, it's against the law. New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. Experienced and new drivers alike need to keep both hands on the wheel when driving.

Try your hand at the "Gauging Your Distraction" game as featured in a series of articles, Driven to Distraction, in the Technology Section of the New York Times Web site. This game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. Regardless of your results, bottom line is that you should not text when driving.

Nominations Sought for Siragusa Award
The Youth Board is seeking nominations for the 2015 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award. This award honors an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a commitment to serving youth and families. The nomination form is due no later than Oct. 5, 2015.

Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County Youth Bureau are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards. The awards honor young men and women who actively demonstrate leadership in community service, particularly in the areas of community empowerment, science, technology, engineering, math and innovative thinking. Learn more about the awards and download the nomination form to learn more.

Using tanning beds poses certain risks
Parents should think twice about allowing their teens to tan in tanning beds. International cancer experts have confirmed that the use of tanning beds causes cancer. Parents need to talk to their teens about the potential dangers now, because while the skin cancer concern applies to people of all ages, those under 30 are most at risk.

Teen health
Fit Kids, an anti-obesity program, works with schools to help encourage young people to eat healthier and get more physical activity.

The county, through the Office of STOP-DWI, has a comprehensive campaign to deter underage drinking, binge drinking and distracted driving. Programs in the Department of Health focus on a variety of health and lifestyle issues including anti-smoking.