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 ACE Challenge deadline extended to Dec. 1
Students in grades six to twelve should sign up for the opportunity to win the Astorino Challenge in Education - or the ACE Challenge. Details are outlined on the ACE Challenge registration form

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

Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards

On Oct. 21, 2015, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and the Westchester County Youth Bureau honored nine 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 this year's Milly Kibrick Youth Service Award recipients.

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.