Summer break is going to look different this year, and there will probably be less traveling. But what if you could visit faraway places from right where you are?
Common Sense Media: Tip of the Week
Right now, there's no business-as-usual anywhere, and especially not for students. While some kids are sticking to some version of a planned curriculum, others might need some help to fill in the gaps. Either way, it's unlikely that anyone is learning exactly what was planned. And that's OK.
Human beings are social creatures, so many of us are feeling the effects of having to remain apart. Kids are feeling it, too.
Just stay home—what's so hard? Well, not only are some people on the front lines in hospitals, doing deliveries, or helping in other ways, but it turns out there are psychological challenges that come with this pandemic.
Kids have been home for a while now. Although some kids have online school all day, lots don't, which leaves them at loose ends while parents work and take care of business.
As news about the coronavirus just keeps coming, the news cycle does, too. And since lots of kids get their news from social media, they can fall victim to clickbait, bots, deepfakes, and misused images. So can we.
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.
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.