Military Kids Website Adds New Features to Help Parents and Educators
By DCoE Public Affairs
January 22, 2013
The Defense Department added new features to its website for military children, MilitaryKidsConnect.org, to help parents and educators explain difficult topics associated with military life.
Since its launch last January, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry excellence awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website has new content designed for children, parents and educators. The new features include:
Military culture videos and lesson plans for teachers, school counselors and educators to better understand the differences between military and civilian youth experiences
Graphic novels and mini-documentaries by military kids sharing their experiences
New modules for children and parents on handling grief, loss and physical injury
MilitaryKidsConnect.org was created by the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2.
The website uses innovative ways to help military youth cope with the unique strains of military life. In addition to disruptions from parents deploying to assignments away from home, military children are affected by moving frequently, changing schools and making new friends. They also have to live with readjustment issues a parent might experience after a deployment. These issues may be associated with post-traumatic stress or physical disabilities, for example.
“After watching the interaction with kids on Military Kids Connect this past year, we saw many conversations about trying to understand the issues they live with,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, T2 psychologist. “We developed the added features to help parents and teachers answer questions kids were sharing with each other.”
Blasko said the website will continue to add features and information. Separations, moving and changing friends frequently may be unusual experiences for civilian children, but for military kids, they’re common challenges.
According to Blasko, the website helps military kids understand their world and, hopefully, makes it more fun for them.
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., serves as the primary Defense Department office for cutting-edge approaches in applying technology to psychological health. More information about MilitaryKidsConnect.org and T2 is at t2health.org.
T2 is a part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.