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Healthy media habits

Sierra Filucci
Editorial Manager, Ratings and Reviews | Mom of two
My colleagues here at Common Sense Media decided it would be hilarious if they tortured me with a week without television. I'm the TV editor, so I watch a lot, and while I'm judicious in my... read more
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Liz Perle
Editor in Chief | Mom of two
Have I become numb? Am I so focused on my kids' online lives that I've forgotten about basic influences in traditional media? The thought crossed my mind as my 15-year-old son and I watched the... read more
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Sierra Filucci
Editorial Manager, Ratings and Reviews | Mom of two
The first morning of our TV-free week didn't go exactly as planned. Despite extensive preparations -- including several new books from the library, audio books, kid-friendly podcasts, art projects... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Teaching Kids Online Manners Lots of kids -- and alas, adults -- treat the Internet like an anything-goes no-man's land. That can be part of the fun -- within reason. But when people choose... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
The ESRB Tries a New Rating System If you buy video games, you're surely familiar with the ESRB's age ratings on the box: E is for everyone, T is for teens, M is for mature players, and so on.... read more
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Sierra Filucci
Editorial Manager, Ratings and Reviews | Mom of two
Recently, my 5-year-old and I walked into a room full of kids playing video games at a birthday party. "You suck!" shouted one kid to another. "I'm going to kick your ass!" the kid yelled back. My... read more
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Liz Perle
Editor in Chief | Mom of two
Not all screens are created equal Kids spend nearly 7.5 hours per day with media. Balancing media usage is an essential part of growing up. When it comes to screen time, both quality and... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
 When my friends complain about hearing a baby cry during an R-rated movie ("what were those parents thinking?!"), I waste no time chiming in. But I have a confession: My son saw his first R-rated... read more
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