Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

  • 13 Smartest Female Characters from Movies, TV, and Books
    Frannie Ucciferri
    Catalog Data Coordinator | Kid at heart
    Move over Sherlock Holmes -- the girl geniuses have arrived. These days, some of the smartest characters from kids' movies, TV shows, and books are female. And with research -- published in 2017! --... read more
  • Selling to Kids Tips
    Caroline Knorr
    Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
    Commercials are nothing new. We all grew up with them and can probably sing a dozen or more jingles. What is new is how advertisers have adapted to digital media -- especially apps, websites, and... read more
  • Teaching Kids Media Smarts During Breaking News
    Sierra Filucci
    Executive Editor, Parenting Content | Mom of two
    When big news breaks, it's easy to get caught up in following the news online. But while the internet -- from major news sites to Twitter -- can be a valuable place to find useful information, it... read more
  • News Literacy 101
    Christine Elgersma
    Senior Editor, Apps| Mom of one
    If it's tough for us grown-ups to figure out what's real news and what's fake these days, imagine how difficult it is for kids. Among hearing opinions at home, talking with friends, learning from... read more
  • Here's the Secret to Raising a Safe, Smart Kid
    Sierra Filucci
    Executive Editor, Parenting Content | Mom of two
    When it comes to parenting frustrations, nothing beats the challenges of setting screen limits, picking appropriate media, and figuring out Snapchat. We're raising "digital natives" but we're... read more

Recent posts

Polly Conway
TV Editor | Aunt of two
10 Shows Parents and Teens Will Enjoy Watching Together
Watching TV with your teens has all kinds of pitfalls: out-of-the-blue raunchy sex scenes, a surprise bloodbath (Game of Thrones, anyone?), and other awkward moments you never wanted to share with... read more
Caroline Knorr
Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology
We've all seen that dad yakking away on his cell phone at the playground while his 3-year-old resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get his attention. We've also been that parent. We answer... read more
Caroline Knorr
Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
The Kid YouTube Stars Your Kids Love
For some kids, it's not enough to watch YouTube videos. Some kids want to make them, too. And a growing number of under-20 YouTubers are doing just that -- and earning good money. Whether they play... read more
When Good Role Models Go Bad
It seems that there are only a few short years between the time a celebrity makes it big and when he or she starts making salacious headlines. From child stars such as Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber to... read more
Angela Zimmerman
Manager, Editorial Partnerships | Mom of one
10 Kid Competition Shows to Spark Family Fun at Home
Television game shows have been around since the '30s, but more recently kids have started to get in on the action. Kid versions of adult faves such as Chopped, Project Runway, and MasterChef give a... read more
9 Celebrity Role Models We Love
Celebrities usually become popular for how they look on-screen, at awards shows, or on Instagram. But some might say stars have an extra responsibility to show their fans how to change the world. ... read more
Caroline Knorr
Senior Parenting Editor | Mom of one
Tackling Super Bowl Controversies with Kids
Who doesn't love Super Bowl Sunday? You've got the best teams in the league at the top of their game. You've got commercials that are entertainment unto themselves (and they've gotten progressively... read more
Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "The Lego Batman Movie"
Smart, funny, and fast-paced, this second big-screen Lego movie shows that the first one wasn't a fluke: The folks behind this franchise definitely know what they're doing. The Lego Batman Movie is a... read more


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