Tragically, we find ourselves in a position to talk to our kids about mass shootings regularly. Some of the shooters' motivations aren't entirely clear, and sometimes—like the ones of the shooter in New Zealand—they are expressly stated in written and recorded messages of hate.
Remember when your kid was little, and trying to get them to sleep enough—or at all—was a huge focus? As kids get older, we sometimes lose sight of how important sleep is for both physical and mental well-being.
Kids say—and do—the darndest things. But when one of those things is setting themselves on fire for a YouTube video, we've got real trouble on our hands. So what exactly are kids doing, and how do we keep them safe?
Spring can often mean standardized testing and college admissions season. With all of the testing, applications, and essays, it can be an intense time for kids (and parents!).
By now most parents have at least heard of Fortnite, even if it hasn't totally taken over their kids' lives. Well, saddle up, because there's a new battle royale game in town.
February is Black History Month. To facilitate the ongoing discussions around general history and how different groups of people fit into it -- from those groups' perspectives -- you can use media made to amplify the voices that have historically been diminished.
Valentine's Day is on the horizon, and while your kids may or may not be interested in romance, they're definitely getting messages about love and sex from the media.
Kids are bombarded with media images, representations of all sorts of people, and commentary about all manner of things. Unfortunately, not all these images and messages are positive. In fact, they can negatively affect self-esteem.
Buzzing, pinging, and little red numbers -- oh, my! Those phone notifications can be hard to ignore, and they're just one piece of the compulsive puzzle. Why are devices, social media, and games so hard to resist? There's very specific science that makes it so.
The holidays often mean you're home together with gifts in the mix, so how should you spend your time and money where media is concerned?
Smart toys, assistants, and bots—oh, my! We hear more and more about artificial intelligence and see it at work in our daily lives. While the most common current reason for its use is convenience, are there aspects of AI we should consider, especially around our kids?
The holidays are upon us, and that means there's a lot of hustle and bustle. But it's also a time to be together, take stock, and notice the positive pieces in our lives.
We are flooded with information about tech addiction, the risks of social media, and the potential harms of video games. While there are definitely concerns and it's critical we stay informed and involved, there's another side to the story.
Talking about race isn't always easy, but it's an important conversation to have -- and then keep having as kids get older.
The back-to-school season is over, and kids are done easing in. Now that they're in the thick of learning and homework, it's helpful to have some digital tools to throw their way when they need them.