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10 Kids' Media Picks That Celebrate and Explore Latino Culture

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Common Sense Media

Interested in learning more about the Mayan empire? Or maybe the Aztecs? Want to increase your vocabulary in Spanish? Explore the language, culture and history of Latino people and places with these top-rated picks and programs for every age.

Star Wars Age Guide for Families

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Ever since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their friends (and enemies!).

3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.15.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. At some point, you'll help them take the reins and manage their own use. In the meantime, these tips can help.

Parents' Top 5 Questions to Keep Kids Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Lots of kids start playing around online during the preschool years, but many parents wait until kids are in elementary school to get them started. Whatever you choose, these guidelines will give you and your kid a good beginning.

6 Adult Dating Apps Teens Are Using Too

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.

Reality, Risk & Reward: Is US Kids TV Ripe for Authenticity and Autonomy?

David Kleeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

If we're going to wring our hands over whether today's kids are losing creativity, though, it only takes seeing the smiles and obvious pride on "MasterChef Junior" participants' faces to suggest that it's worth the attempt.

5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Here are five ways to immunize your kids against poor body image, with conversation starters, media picks and resources to support your discussions.

7 Media Resolutions Every Family Should Make in 2015

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Stepping away from mainstream offerings exposes your kids to cultural differences, non-stereotypical characters, creative storytelling and thought-provoking ideas.

The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

For fans, Minecraft YouTube videos are a huge part of their enjoyment of the game. There are tutorials (for ideas on new things to create), "Let's Play" videos (footage of people playing the game), challenges (new gameplay ideas to try), mod showcases (which show off cool thing kids can download to modify their Minecraft worlds), and more.

24 Video Games You Can Say Yes to After School

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

New studies on the effects that playing games has on kids indicate positive benefits for learning, thinking, social-emotional skills building, and, yes, even school performance.

If Your Kid Loves Temple Run, Angry Birds or Cut the Rope

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Top app genres and themes are popular for a reason: The games are challenging, fun, and super-engaging. But we've found some cool apps that are all these things -- and have good learning value.

10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

YouTube personalities become popular because they speak directly to their fans, with no network oversight, no whitewashing of their language and no fancy production. They say what they want. They're real. It's important that parents get clued in to who they are.

7 Best New Fall TV Shows for Teens and Families

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We've sifted through this fall's new stuff for titles that could work for families, plus some classic shows that offer fun watch-together experiences. And remember, there are plenty of family-friendly shows available through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.

When Selfie-Improvement Apps Go Too Far

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

For a long time, parents have discouraged kids from comparing the way they look to celebrities, models or even to their friends. But today's teens can't help but idealize their own carefully-selected and perfected photos.

The Day Charlie Chaplin Won Over Disney Channel

Guillermo Rodríguez | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Guillermo Rodríguez

One night -- sick of them watching American TV series in which the characters, handsome boys and attractive girls, live in luxury apartments in Manhattan, drive Porsches, and have parents who, luckily enough for the kids, are never home -- I took an initiative that was wholly successful.

Trend Alert: 6 Messaging Apps That Let Teens Share (Iffy) Secrets

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Facebook is still a go-to place for many things, such as wishing someone a happy birthday or stalking a crush. However, newer social apps make it easier, faster and more fun to capture and share fleeting moments -- sometimes anonymously.

Why You Don't Have to Put Up With Cigarette Companies Targeting Your Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Today, tobacco products are banned from commercials and smoking is on the decline. But don't be fooled. Tobacco companies still spend almost $10 billion a year on marketing. And most of that goes to programs that make cigarettes cheaper -- meaning more accessible to kids.

What Kids Will Remember Forever From Watching the Olympics With You

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

The Olympic Games can be such an inspiring and exciting time to watch TV as a family. But beyond the fantastic feats, breathtaking speed, and colorful outfits, there are plenty of opportunities to engage kids in deeper conversations.

Raising a Hacker: Cool Tools to Help Kids Learn to Code

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Some forecasters are calling coding the new literacy because of what kids learn in the process. Coding helps kids develop essential skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Plus, it encourages them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use.

7 Surprisingly Inspiring Kids' Tech Trends for 2014

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

For a lot of parents, the negative headlines about cyberbullying and sexting don't track with their families' experience of technology. Many folks are seeing their kids learn, grow and benefit from innovations in the tech world.

4 Ways to Curb Kids' In-App Purchases

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

It's not hard to prevent your kids from racking up big bills with in-app purchases on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Here are some pointers.

Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 Introduced in Congress

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

It is promising to see leaders of both parties and both houses of Congress come together to address kids' online privacy, an issue of increasing concern for families across the country.Today's kids are living so much of their lives online and are forfeiting their right to privacy before they fully understand what privacy is.

Study Reveals Just How Much Our Kids Love Digital Devices

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Understanding what kids are using, how they're using it, and how much time they spend on it can help lead to better products, better parenting and better public policies.

11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

As Facebook's popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new "it" social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over.

Geek Dad Finds Peace at Home with Screen-Time Tokens

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Despite the fact that I spend much of my time in front of a computer screen -- or maybe because of it -- I closely regulate my three kids' screen time.