Westchester County

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.

The 2014 ACE Challenge is open for registration
Students in grades six to twelve from all over Westchester County are once again encouraged to enter the Ace Challenge. Registration for the challenge is now open. Students who meet the challenge's criteria will earn a season pass to Playland.

Remember that attendance matters in your success at school. Read more about attendance.

2014 Rosemarie Siragusa Award
The Youth Board is seeking nominations for the 2014 Rosemarie Siragusa Award.  This award recognizes adults, aged 21 and over, who have made major contributions towards the youth of their communities in a volunteer capacity. Nominations are due Oct. 3.

Program Sponsorship
The success of the Milly Kibrick service awards program and the awards dinner depend upon the support of community contributions. Placing a congratulatory message in the award program, in-kind donations such as a gifts and gift certificates, attending the dinner or perhaps offering to purchase a ticket for a nominee(s) and/or a member of their family - or even a cash donation - will go a long way to making this evening a memorable one for the students. Download the sponsorship form for more information about how you can support this event.

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.