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: 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. 

So Now What? webinar: How to balance tech usage in a world of digital learning

“We just want to make sure we have a good handle on our child’s mental health.”

How to guide your kids through election season

In a fraught political era, news literacy skills help kids view information critically and become informed citizens. 

Tips and tricks to manage your kid’s school-issued computer

From parental controls to consequences for misuse, here’s everything you need to know.

Should you read your kid’s texts?

Dos and Don’ts for sneaking a peek at your kid’s phone. 

6 ways to support kids’ mental health right now

As the pandemic pushes kids’ lives even more online, their mental health depends on parental support — and a lot less anti-tech talk. 

5 signs of screen overload – and how to handle them

From poor sleep to headaches, signs that it’s time for kids to take a break can take many forms. 

A parent’s ultimate guide to Messenger Kids

Under the right circumstances — and with plenty of oversight — Messenger Kids can help young kids connect. But is social media OK for this age group?

A parent’s ultimate guide to YouTube Kids

Is YouTube Kids really safe for kids? Learn more about this kid-targeted, but sometimes iffy, YouTube-lite app. 

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