If you've seen your kid dancing around your living room in front of their phone, they might be making a TikTok video.
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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.
As parents in the digital age, we have a lot to manage, and our kids' time on screens is not the least of it. It's easy to get anxious and wonder if we're doing it right, or, at least, if what we're doing is "normal."
As election news heats up, it's more likely that kids of all ages will hear and see a lot about the candidates and issues.
Ever lose allowance money trying desperately to win that plastic-bag goldfish from a rigged carnival game? Your kid may be doing the same—only online.
The app stores are full of some cool content that can be great for kids. They're also home to some sketchy titles that weren't made with kids'—or maybe anyone's—best interests in mind.
"How was school?" "Did you have a good day?" We find ourselves asking these questions when our kids get home, even after we get "Fine" or "Yeah" for the millionth time.
It seems like there are a million educational apps out there, many of them making big promises about how they can help your kid. So, how do you sift through them all and find the best ones?
Data breaches, hacks, and leaks—oh, my! Internet privacy sometimes feels like a mythical, murky forest that we have to find the courage to navigate. It definitely can be confusing and overwhelming. But when it comes to our kids, we do need to care.