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When it comes movies and TV, how much scary stuff can your child handle?

Posted on October 18, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Some kids like scary stuff, and some kids hate it...

Yes, you can make TV time count – here’s how

Posted on October 15, 2019 by Common Sense Media

New ideas for watching, bonding, and learning from TV...

Help! My child wants to use social media

Posted on October 8, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Get your child - and yourself - ready for the next step with these conversation starters...

How to handle the violent videos at your child’s fingertips

Posted on October 3, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Another day, another raw video scrolling by. Get tips for talking to kids about the impact of graphic ...

10 Reasons why you should read aloud to big kids too

Posted on October 1, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Even after children can read on their own, they benefit from being read to. Here are 10 good ...

5 Ways to bring back rules after school holidays

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Ease your kids back into the school year with fun end-of-school-holiday media activities...

10 Social media red flags that every parent should know about

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Common Sense Media

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

Handing down your phone to your child? Here’s what you need to know

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Get your old device into tip-top and safe shape before handing it over to its new owner...

Here’s the secret to raising a safe, media-smart kid

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Common Sense Media

It's not lots of limits, but it's not being hands-off, either...

5 Myths and truths about kids’ Internet safety

Posted on September 9, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Help keep your children's online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumours) about ...

Explaining the news to our kids

Posted on August 26, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about ...

Is social media giving your teen a negative body image?

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Common Sense Media

As if adolescence weren't painful enough, the pressure to be 'camera-ready' may be adding to teens' body dissatisfaction, ...

Screen-time rules according to a teacher

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Take it from a schoolteacher and mom: Kids need to manage their online activities - and parents need ...

Where kids find hate speech online (plus 8 conversation starters)

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Help kids recognise and reject racist-, sexist-, homophobic-, and religion-based hate content...

It’s not your kids, it’s you (5 ways to save yourself from device addiction)

Posted on August 5, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Shut down your device once and for all with these doable tips and tricks...

How movies can build kids’ characters (plus the ones that do it well)

Posted on August 1, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Discover the secret to picking movies that strengthen character traits and life skills, from curiosity to courage to ...

Tips for easing your teen’s social media anxiety

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Fear of missing out (FOMO) can make social media-using teens feel stressed. Here's how you can help...

Let’s talk about ‘sexting’

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Kids may 'sext' to show off or prove their love. How to discuss the consequences...

A new parent’s guide to social media

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Common Sense Media

With so many options for bragging, sharing, and finding support when it comes to kids, navigating the ever-shifting ...

9 Ways to lure your teen back to books

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Common Sense Media

Practical ideas to help lure your teens back to books...

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