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Alert! Digital Drama to Watch Out For This School Year

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Kids often are the first to discover the latest and greatest thing, whether it's a download from the app store or a cool online trend -- but, just as they must sit through algebra and world history, they need to learn how to use these tools safely and responsibly.

Summer TV You Can Feel Good About (With Activities!)

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Parents can help kids turn their screen time into learning time by matching activities with TV shows. We get you started below with some fun -- and smart -- ideas.

Your Daily Guide to an Awesome Spring Break Staycation

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Let's face it: Not everyone can go to Bermuda for spring break. But sometimes a "staycation" is just what the doctor ordered, because you can hang out with the kids and tackle spring cleaning.

How to Get Your Babysitter to Stop Texting, Sexting, and Tweeting on the Job

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Today's sitters sneak -- or outright flaunt -- something many of us parents don't know how to deal with: constant texting, Instagramming, YouTube-watching, you name it. So how do you dole out the rules?

Texting While Parenting: Can It Wait?

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Some experts are linking the rise in smartphone ownership with a spike in emergency room visits for kids under 5. As a parent of two kids and an avid iPhone user, I can attest to plenty of distracted parenting moments -- not something I'm terribly proud of.

Should I Give My Kid A Virtual Allowance?

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When I brought up the idea of allowing our son to spend his $1 per week allowance on his favorite game, my husband was flatly against it. If our son doesn't hold the dollar in his hand and pass it over to a cashier or slip coins into a slot, how will he understand that the money is no longer his?

8 Resolutions for Managing Kids' Media in 2013

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Like most people, my New Year's resolutions include eating better and exercising more. But there's something else I want to get better at: managing my kid's media and technology.

6 Steps To Stress-Free Playdates

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

I don't have a problem with a movie or video game here and there, but I've found that too much of either makes my kids a little nutty. And some of the movies they'd watched at my friend's house made me feel uncomfortable, too.