Online interactions can be confusing: Without the benefits of body language and tone of voice, we're navigating relationships using text alone. If it's sometimes confusing for us, we know it's tricky for kids.
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At this point in the pandemic, schools are closed and administrators are working quickly to implement remote learning. But, with the new reality of social distancing, there may be some gaps that you'll need to fill.
Whenever there's a natural disaster of any kind—from earthquake to illness—it can be hard to inform our kids in ways that are appropriate for their age, that maintain the truth, and that calm their anxieties. The coronavirus (COVID-19) presents us with that challenge.
Post comments about people anonymously? What could go wrong? So much can, and yet kids love anonymous apps enough to encourage developers to keep making more of them. But what are the risks, and how do we talk to our kids about them?
Though kids study history in school, they don't always hear every important story or learn about all the people who changed the course of history. And when it comes to books and movies, we still have room to grow when it comes to surfacing media that reflects the lives of African Americans.
Do you sleep with your phone near your bed? You're not alone. Our research tells us that 26% of parents and 36% of teens wake up to check their phones at least once a night.
If your kid plays a game with chat or is on social media, they may start talking about the friends they've made online. But what does that really mean, and do you need to be worried?
If you've seen your kid dancing around your living room in front of their phone, they might be making a TikTok video.
You made it through the holidays and school break, and maybe you even nailed it with the perfect device, game, or gadget for your kid. But now that the initial excitement has passed and your kid is obsessed, you might be having second thoughts.
As parents, we're familiar with cyberbullying, and while that certainly happens, we also need to think about the power of online words between people who have—or have had—a relationship.
"But I need the computer to do my homework!" says the kid whose parent just told them to get off the device. So how do we find balance with screen use when kids need devices to do homework, and how do we know they're really using the device to get schoolwork done?
In 1971, cigarette companies had to stop advertising on television and radio. At that point, no one could anticipate a whole new way to inhale: vaping.
And so it begins: The holiday season is fully upon us, and though our celebrations may differ, we all share one thing: school breaks. Our kids will be home with us, and we want to spend quality time together. Though that will include lots of off-screen activities, we want to maximize our media time, too.
Common Sense Media's latest research launch, The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019, was released earlier this week.
Many parents have had that sinking feeling after sitting down with their kid to share a beloved classic from their youth only to get to a scene full of racism/sexism/other terrible messages, etc.