24 creative ideas for free activities to move, learn and connect as a family

These cool activities will help your connect in fun ways.

How to build character strengths and life skills with quality media

“All television is educational television. The question is, what is it teaching?” 

How to help kids stay smoke-free and sidestep cigarette, vaping and pot marketing

If you’re feeling outspent, out-messaged, and out-cooled, take heart. There are plenty of ways to fight back.

How to prevent meltdowns and tantrums over screen-time limits

Photo by Anna Shvets. Helping kids regulate their own media use is an ongoing process, and along the way you’re likely to experience some struggles when it’s time to turn […]

11 social media red flags you should know about

Find out which social media features are cause for concern — no matter which app your kid is using. 

Hey, Alexa, how do I set parental controls on the Amazon Echo?

Follow these step-by-step tips to set limits and add “skills” to make Alexa a little kid-friendlier. 

7 practical tips for easing kids’ social media anxiety

Fear of missing out can make social media-using teens feel stressed. Here’s how you can help. 

5 ways video games can help kids with special needs

From communication to motor skills, learning through play is a wonderful motivator for kids with challenges. 

The sneaky science behind your kid’s tech obsessions

The first step toward resisting the pull of digital products recognizing the tricks they use to keep you hooked. 

The ugly truth behind pretty pictures

Help your kids resist the Photoshop effect. 

5 tips for picking your preschooler’s first TV shows

When you’re 2 or 3, every show is a new show. Read these tips for choosing titles you and your kids will love.

10 tips to get your kids hooked on books

Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. These tips will get them started.

How to talk to teens about dealing with online predators

Use this script to kick off a conversation with your kid. 

Common Sense Media: Best family movies of 2020

Our top-rated films of the year for kids, tweens, and teens. 

Common Sense Media: Winter break activities for families

Embrace the fun over winter break with these creative activity ideas.

Common Sense Media: How to help kids stay focused during distance learning

To make sure kids stay on task, use an automated to-do list, an at-a-glance scheduler, a site blocker, or another digital tool to prevent distractions. 

Common Sense Media: The ultimate guide to parental controls

Do you need parental controls? What are the options? Do they really work? Here’s everything you need to know.

Common Sense Media: Kids’ mental health tech tools for suicide help, coping skills and professional support

Apps, sites, and text hotlines help kids cope with issues from cyberbullying to suicide. 

Common Sense Media: Online playdates, game nights and other ways to socialize at a distance

Fire up FaceTime and get the fun started with ideas from show-and-tell to charades. 

16 tips to keep kids motivated for online learning

Helpful tips and techniques to encourage and motivate your kids during virtual lessons in what promises to be a very unusual school year.