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How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

How Can I Get My Kids to Put Down Their Phones?

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media parenting expert Caroline Knorr answers questions about parenting, media, and everything in between. Q: How can I get my kids to...

Why I Didn't Judge You In The Grocery Store Parking Lot

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Yesterday, I was an a-hole. Today, I'm, well... I'm a little bit less of an a-hole. I've approached the end of judgment.

My 7-Year-Old Asked For a Fairytale, But What I Shared Could Be Any Parent's Nightmare

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

There are certainly times when magic can be created in an instant. But more often than not, it takes time and nurturing to cultivate something magical. So once we have it, it needs to be both cherished and protected. That way, if someday it leaves you forever, you will appreciate it all the more.

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

How to Turn Screen Time into Family Time

Smart Parents | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I loved playing Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? when I was a kid. That was back when games came on disks that were carefully slotted into a desktop computer, and the process of connecting to the Internet gave you enough time to make a sandwich.

The Allure of Technology for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.

The Day I Stopped Being A Zombie Parent!

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Eleni Makedonas

Maybe it's time we put the cameras away and allow the picture to develop in our minds instead of on a memory card

A New Parent's Guide to Social Media

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Other parents understand the urge to brag about every little thing, but social media is a give and take. Be thoughtful about what you're sharing, why and with whom. And make sure to comment, like, or otherwise interact with what friends and family post to keep it, you know, social.

Finding a Healthy Balance -- For You and Your Kids -- With Media and Technology

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that parent.

Getting Kids to Dinner Is A Nightly Battle!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

When we come AT our children with rules and regulations, they instinctively resist. But when we enlist them in collectively addressing a problem by contributing possible solutions, they will also be more likely to adhere to agreements they took part in creating.

YouTube Kids: Implications for the Kids Media Industries

David Kleeman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

Kids already spend lots of time with YouTube, and it's become not only a top entertainment destination, but a key contributor to their learning. Increasingly, young people look for visual demonstrations to answer questions.

To Buy In or Not to Buy In

Susan Linn | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Susan Linn

It is increasingly difficult to shield children from commercialism, even for families making a concerted effort.

The Curious George Dilemma

Susan Linn | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Susan Linn

Your son may fuss at first, but if you're worried that he can't tear himself away or that he struggles a lot when it's time to stop, you can choose to significantly limit or eliminate his screen time until he's older.

Responding to the President's Call for Student Privacy

Sara Kloek | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Sara Kloek

Privacy is important but so is helping kids develop new skills, learn about the world, and have fun. When it comes to apps, a little knowledge can go a long way for both parents and for kids.

Our 'Slow Tech' Family iRules

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

There will be days, events, outings and holidays when we all commit to being device-free. Sometimes it feels nice to go for a walk without bringing the hundreds of people we know along with us.

Newer (and Better) Recommendations on Screen Time for Young Children

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Christopher J. Ferguson

Increasingly our world is a wired one. But keeping our children away from screens entirely may never have been the best of ideas.

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.

How Young Is Too Young for Screen Time?

Katya Andresen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Katya Andresen

My view is that it's always a good choice to read to your children. Reading has been shown to diminish stress, improve concentration, fuel academic achievement and build empathy. So whether it's on a page or on a screen, read with your child as much as you can.

What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dion Lim

Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.

6 Reasons I Love That My Kids Watch My Little Pony

Melissa Kaye | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Melissa Kaye

Each episode seeks to leave their little viewers a bit wiser and empowered than they were a half hour earlier. These feisty little phillies focus on big ideas and they hammer home their messages in a way that resonates with kids.

The Beauty I Found in 36 Hours With No Cell Phone, Laptop or TV

Janie Porter | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Janie Porter

During this day, I realized how much the Internet is a crutch for my to-do list. My calendar is on my laptop, emails are the language of business, Facebook is central to my social life and Pinterest is my hub for dinner recipes. It felt rewarding to find ways around that dependence.

These Grown-Ups Are Making a Living Playing With Toys Online, and Internet Kids Love It!

Melissa Maypole | Posted 01.18.2015 | Technology
Melissa Maypole

As I began to investigate a bit, I found out that there are quite a few adults making toy videos on YouTube as their full-time jobs. One such YouTuber, Brandon Haynes, co-founder of DCTC, agreed to speak with me about he and his friend Amy Jo's motivation for their work.

Rules Of Engagement: Ten Rules For Teens And Tech

Debra Fine | Posted 01.13.2015 | Technology
Debra Fine

The world is moving fast, but failing to protect our children from jumping ahead to adulthood and skipping the joy and heartbreak of growing up could be a mistake - and not one that could be seen through a real-time 3D window.

Putting Your Kids on a Healthy Media Diet

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

There's an interesting article winding up in parent's e-mailboxes these days containing an unexpected implied message from late Apple founder Steve Jobs: Manage your child's use of technology.