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Healthy media habits

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media Parenting Editor Does anyone remember life before Harry Potter? In our house, we divide my son's reading interests into two distinct eras, B.H.P. (Before... read more
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Caroline Knorr
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Now's a great time to tune in Almost nothing comes between kids and their music. But music has really changed. Know what your kids are listening to, and listen along with them. After all, music... read more
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Caroline Knorr
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YouTube is huge YouTube remains the No. 1 online video site, according to Nielsen Online. 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (YouTube, 2010). YouTube launched in 2005, and... read more
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Caroline Knorr
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Is your child addicted? 77% of 8- to 15-year-olds said they’d rather give up TV than give up the Internet (Pangea Media and YPulse, 2009). Most parents in the United States estimate that their... read more
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Caroline Knorr
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To filter or not to filter Kids are curious, and just as when they were toddlers, they’re bound to get into things we wish they wouldn’t. Without certain measures in place, your kids can access... read more
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It's a daily dilemma: If you allow a certain amount of screen time per day -- whether it's TV, the computer, or a video game -- which one is the best way for kids to spend their time? Is it video... read more
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Nobody wants to be labeled a helicopter parent -- a hyper-vigilant mom or dad who micromanages their kids' every move. But when it comes to kids' entertainment, nothing gets our rotors spinning... read more
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"Turn off the TV!" "No more Club Penguin!" "No Facebook 'til you're 14!" Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of digital drama -- where cell phones, TV shows, video games, and the Web create a... read more
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