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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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.

Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference

Diane Primo | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Diane Primo

I am shocked--shocked--that Monica Lewinsky considers the Internet the major contributor to her ruined reputation; shocked that she considered her situation similar to Tyler Clementi's; and shocked at her timing.

Study Shows How Screen Time Can Improve Your Toddler's Reading Comprehension

Brad Spirrison | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

As an educational app reviewer with a four-year-old who was born a month before the debut of the iPad, I can verify that Learn with Homer is among the best apps available that teaches foundational reading.

Make Home Life a Priority Again

Jennifer L. Scott | Posted 12.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jennifer L. Scott

Is it possible to find a balance and be able to enjoy the wonders of the Internet and our favorite shows while also living well at home? With a little self-discipline and a change of perspective, it is possible to make our home life a priority again.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

Child's Play Is No Joke: A Mother and Toymaker's Mission to Unplug Playtime

Mary Beth Minton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Minton

As another beautiful sunny day was hastily snuffed out by the whipping of heavy drapes across the window to avoid the glare in the screen, I became fascinated -- and horrified -- by the power this screen held over my normally adventurous and outdoorsy kids.

We Turned Off the TV

Allison Hart | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Five hours. It took five hours for my 7.5 year old to figure out how to play without the help of technology or the undivided attention of an adult.

The One Rule You Really Should Enforce This School Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents

While parents grapple with how much screen time is too much for children, new research now supports their suspicions: An excess amount of time in fron...

Kids and Media: Screen or Window?

David Kleeman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

Digital photography and video are essentially free, so why not let kids capture their own perspective on family trips or events?

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

Is IPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?'

The New York Times | Posted 08.14.2014 | Parents

It’s a rainy summer day here. Pouring, in fact. But it remains a weekday, and the usual household rules are still in effect: iPads, computers, telev...

TV: Killing Us Softly?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

So TV is bad for us -- but what to do when being "bad" can feel oh-so-good (and change can seem oh-so-rough). Here are some tips on how to get yourself and your kids up off the couch and doing something else that will pay better dividends.

Cyberbullying: We're Focusing on the Wrong Part of the Word

Megan Egbert | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

Instead of filtering content that our children can access, let's start filtering our own words, decisions and actions in their presence.

What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

Patrick Corvington | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.

Why Summertime Shouldn't Mean More Screen Time

Diana Graber | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

Staring down at your phone for the greater part of the day can't be good for anyone. Yet short of prying those devices from the hands of our kids (hard to do when most of us have our own phone in the other hand), there's got to be a way to help them live a more balanced life.

The Ghosts of Screen Time Past

Lori Ferraro | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Some days my brother and I put in a full workday in front of the tube, complete with tray tables so we could watch through breakfast and lunchtime. Based on conversations with friends, their homes were also full of many hours of television as well. And guess what? We're all fine.

20 Reasons I'm Not a Cool Mom

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

12. If you can put on no less than 14 different outfits a day a warp speed without a problem, you can most definitely dress yourself for school. I will, however, gladly help with tricky buttons.

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.