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5 Simple Ways to Save Yourself From Device Addiction

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.17.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut down your devices. But how to actually do that?

3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.15.2016 | 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.

Kids Now Prefer Playing With Smartphones To Dessert

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

Most kids these days are far exceeding the recommended maximum of two hours of screen time a day. But what do those stats really mean for parents? To ...

What Your Smartphone's Sleep Interference Could Mean For Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Your smartphone habit may be doing more than harming your relationships -- it could be damaging your sleep and ultimately triggering depression and an...

The 5 Pieces Of Advice I'd Give About Screens If Parents Ever Asked

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The explosion of tech and screens into the lives of children is outrageously obvious to me as a pediatrician.

To Spare Kids From Device Dependency, Be an Unplugged Parent

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Van Winkle's

It's easy to get hooked on devices. Parents must swoop in and cut their kids off. Brody cites Harvard public health experts who say that young children shouldn't have their own phones or televisions in their bedrooms.

Many Kids Feel 'Unimportant' When Parents Are Distracted By Smartphones, Survey Says

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

While limiting their children's screen time, parents may also want to consider being mindful of their own habits when it comes to mobile devices. Acc...

13 Tips For Parenting When Screens Are Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.04.2017 | Technology

When I started writing a column about parenting and screen time this spring, I talked to a lot of people about technology and young children, from aca...

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Tara Chklovski

In an information age where some predictions say that knowledge will double every 12 months and soon every 12 hours, the skills that we need to develop in our children don't look like the skills we developed in school.

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

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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.