Media & Technology

War, Crisis, Tragedy: How to Talk With Kids When the News is Scary

Hear what child development experts have to say about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there, whether it’s fighting overseas, a school shooting, devastating wildfire or a global pandemic. Read more ›

The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens

The latest report from the Common Sense Census, The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens, explores how tweens and teens have strategically been using entertainment media to improve their mental health, stay social and creative, and continue learning, even outside of remote school. Read more ›

How Parents and Educators can Support Healthy Teen Use of Social Media

Teens and adolescents rely heavily on their peers as they define their sense of self in the world. The teen brain is wired to socialize with friends over family, but the lockdown imposed exactly the opposite, which is why many have taken refuge in Youtube, Discord, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. And, with a steady stream of news that links social media use to mental health issues, cyberbullying, addiction, misinformation and self-harm, parents and educators are worried. Read more ›

How to Reset Your Family’s Screen Time After the Pandemic

Many families relied on screens a lot during the pandemic. Team up with your kids to create healthier media habits. Read more ›

How Do We Move Away From All The Screen Time Our Kids Are Used To Now?

My two sons always got some screen time daily, but my husband and I tried to set relatively clear limits about what they could play and watch, and for how long. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and like so many other parents and caregivers, we leaned into screens hard. My children have become legitimate screen monsters. Read more ›

5 Strategies For Coping With Screen-Obsessed Kids

Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here’s what you can do about it. Read more ›

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Devorah Heitner, PhD, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them. Read more ›

Worried About Your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help

The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that researchers at Instagram had studied for years how its photo-sharing app affects young users and found that it can be particularly harmful to teenage girls, news that alarmed parents and lawmakers. Read more ›

5 Ways to Reset Your Relationship With Screens

After months of virtual activities being the norm, how can parents wean their children and families off screens? An expert’s top advice. Read more ›

Too Much Screen Time? How to Help Your Kids Find the Right Balance

The way we talk to our kids about using technology can have a huge impact on their ability to become smart and well-rounded adults. After years of researching how to moderate kids’ screen time, I discovered how the most successful parents help their kids find balance. Read more ›

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