Making Sense

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    Senior Editor, Apps | Mom of two
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Kelly Schryver
Senior Content Specialist
The number of "likes" and comments that teens receive on their on Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook photos speaks volumes. The effect on their confidence? Double-edged. According to a recent survey... read more
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Angela Zimmerman
Editorial Content Manager
Whether you have a plant-loving preschooler or a photo-snapping teen, a great hand-held tool can offer a more interactive experience -- and really boost what kids can learn -- under the sun and... read more
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Ingrid Simone
Senior Editor, Apps | Mom of two
After an uproar from parents over their kids' over-the-top in-app purchase bills, Apple added some safeguards with an iOS update back in 2011. And after settling a lawsuit concerning kids' in-app... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Ever since my kid started entering science fairs, I've learned a lot about the scientific method. Here's me: Observation: My son hasn't started his science fair project, which is due in two days.... read more
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Regan McMahon
Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
Ever noticed something suspicious?  Lemony Snicket's new book, File Under:13 Suspicious Incidents, is just out, and in it Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) offers 13 intriguing mini-mysteries in Stain'... read more
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Taryn Degnan
Interactive Marketing Manager
Gamers, screenwriters, and families unite! If you're in the New York area, join Common Sense Media co-founder Linda Burch, in conversation with other parents, at the Games for Change Festival... read more
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Regan McMahon
Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
April is a great time to share poetry with your kids. Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has chosen this month to celebrate the art form and outstanding American poets and to inspire kids,... read more
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Kelly Schryver
Senior Content Specialist
You probably never thought you'd see the day when Facebook wasn't the center of teens' universe. But keeping up with Facebook friends through ad-filled newsfeeds and lengthy profiles, especially... read more
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