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Screening Our Kids: Going About Limiting Too Much Exposure to Media

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 11.29.2016 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Rice

It's normal for teens to get lost on the Internet or talk with friends over social media channels like Facebook, but there should come a time when spending too much time doing these warrants a discussion on limiting their use.

Do You Know the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid?

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're supposed to be the experts? Actually, no. It turns out, the most effective way to help your kid have a healthy relationship to media is by being their media mentor.

Losing Essential Skills to Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.16.2016 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The internet is rife with sites that bemoan technology-induced death of skills needed for tying knots, converting pounds and ounces, knitting, identifying trees, baking bread and ironing trousers.

Screen Time and Kids: Pediatricians Work on a New Prescription

Diana Graber | Posted 10.01.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.

Digital Age Happiness, Relaxation and Leisure

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.01.2016 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Leisure activities of children have always changed over time, but the digital age has probably changed it most in the least amount of time. Traditional forms of leisure activities have been modified beyond recognition, or at least augmented by newer technology.

Stop Talking About 'Screen Time,' Start Thinking About Screen Use

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact

In a new episode of "If Our Bodies Could Talk" published at on Thursday, health columnist Dr. James Hamblin takes a funny, whimsical l...

What Experts Think About 3 Common Screen Exposures For Babies

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a clear stance on screen time for children under the age of 2, discouraging children under the age of 2. ...

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.

10 Fabulous Books To Read With Your Kids This Summer

Lori Day | Posted 07.10.2016 | Parents
Lori Day

Sharing books with my child helped me understand her world, and opened up crucial lines of communication when she was in elementary school that remained open throughout her tween and teen years, and to this very day.

Screen Addiction Is Taking A Toll On Children

The New York Times | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American paren...

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.

Why There Are No Good Apps for Etiquette and Education

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.28.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

The very devices and media delivery systems that provide us with unprecedented insight and understanding of the world are also distracting us from what is existing in front of our eyes.

An Open Letter: Let's Get More Sophisticated on Screen Time Policy

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Daniel Donahoo

Rather than taking an approach that makes parents feel guilty whenever their children engage with screens, we need to support and build skills in parents that support children to help them understand how we best use and manage children's engagement with screens and technology.

We're Spending A LOT Of Time With Our Digital Devices

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer Published: 11/08/2013 01:05 PM EST on LiveScience The average person in the United States will access 15.5 hours' wor...

Why You Can Let Your Kids Watch More TV This Summer

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Every parent wants his child to learn sportsmanship, and there's nothing quite like the Olympics to show you how it's done.