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American Students: Smartphone Experts Who Struggle in Reading and Math

Richard Freed | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Richard Freed

Is the dramatic increase in teen smartphone and entertainment tech use contributing to their academic struggles? It's not the only factor, but it's a critical one.

Does Your Kid's Media Diet Matter?

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Media
Jim Steyer

It is no secret that we live in a media-saturated world -- what we don't know enough about, is how different types of media and media content shape our kids decisions, outlook on major life issues and more.

The Good News In Common Sense Media Study On Kids And Media

Larry Magid | Posted 11.04.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

Just because kids are heavy media consumers doesn't mean that nothing good is going on nor does it indicate that kids are necessarily consuming that much more media than they were before the Internet.

Pay Attention!

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

It is an addiction, this desire to check emails, to watch YouTube, to play Candy Crush (what ever happened to Candy Crush?) that is absolutely overpowering. Resistance is futile. Sorry.

Next Week's Forecast: Deluge (of Media)

David Kleeman | Posted 10.30.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

Next week, Common Sense Media will release a new study on media use among children 8-18. The world has changed radically since the last iteration of this study, five years ago.

How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Anyone who's "read" a picture book can tell you that you don't need words to tell a story. Prereading toddlers and preschoolers can follow a story told in pictures, a parent or child can narrate the action and the empowering experience can help kids develop a love of books.

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

Kids Talk About What It Means To Be 'Manly'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents

Kids pick up social cues about what it means to a boy or a girl early on, and hearing them speak about their perception of gender roles is eye-opening...

Peggy Charren Always Put Kids First, Policymakers Should Follow

Jim Steyer | Posted 04.05.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

With the passing of Peggy Charren, the country has lost an important voice in the fight for civility and civic responsibility in media aimed at children.

The Nation Should Follow California's Lead on Student Privacy

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

California has a long, well-deserved reputation as a center for public policy innovation. Now, California is driving the national discussion in another important policy area, as President Obama showed this week -- protecting the privacy of our students.

Entertainment Industry Caves to Hackers and Refuses to Stand Up for America's Kids

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Steyer

I watched the hacking of Sony Pictures play out with a mixture of sadness and bewilderment, as studio executives fell victim to a coordinated cyber attack and pulled The Interview from theaters before eventually releasing it days later.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

SB 962 will provide especially important protections for our children, who are among the most avid smartphone users and often do not take steps to protect their private information.

American Children Read... But Not Well Or Often

Reuters | Andrew M. Seaman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books

NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters Health) - Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for plea...

Protecting Student Privacy Comes First

Jim Steyer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

Educational software is big business. But these companies are not just competing in an $8 billion marketplace. They are being trusted with information about our children, and should be held to the highest standards to ensure our children's privacy and safety.

WATCH: Little Kids Aren't Supposed To Talk Like This

Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents

Just as parents have been known to absorb annoying language trends from their kids, children are apt to pick up the language and behaviors they observ...

What One-Third Of Babies Are Doing (And It's Probably Hurting Them)

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents

A new study by Common Sense Media has revealed a startling increase in the use of mobile devices among young children, raising serious questions about...

How Children's Media Can Change the World for Good

Suna Senman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Suna Senman

Media simply conveys the ideas we choose to share with our children. It has just as much power to teach kids math as it does to encourage them to eat junk food.

NBA Players Unite For Video Games

Posted 10.01.2013 | Los Angeles

Former NBA athletes Baron Davis and Jarron Collins teamed up with current free agent Jason Collins and J.J. Redick of the LA Clippers for a Sunday aft...

Preschoolers Can Learn Great Things From TV

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 04.20.2013 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

When my first son was born six years ago, we had one television and one computer. Today, we have a smartphone, an iPad, a computer and a television. The screen choices continue to grow, and some of the stuff out there designed to delight our children is awesome. But not all of it.

Safer Internet Day 2013 -- It's Not Espionage to Know How Your Children Are Accessing the Internet

Christopher Burgess | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Christopher Burgess

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day 2013, and I find myself asking folks again and again, "Do you know how your children are accessing the Internet?"

Maine's Decade-Old School Laptop Program Wins Qualified Praise

| Ricki Morell | Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report and the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. FREEPORT, Maine — At Freeport Middle ...

Lifetime Network's Trick or Treat: Abby Lee Miller's Dance Teacher Disguise

Risa Gary Kaplowitz | Posted 12.26.2012 | TV
Risa Gary Kaplowitz

I can only hope that Abby Lee Miller's oft said phrase, "Everyone's replaceable," applies quickly to her. Viewers have been tricked for too long into believing that watching kids getting eaten alive is a treat.