Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between


Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
5 Tips for Picking Your Preschooler's First TV Shows
Anyone who thinks that "binge watching" is a new phenomenon in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes has clearly never watched TV with a preschooler. When little kids find a show they love, not only... read more
Regan McMahon
Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
What to Read Next: Historical and Romantic Books for February
Why is the shortest month the one with the most to celebrate? Fear not -- we have books to recommend for all ages that are just right for Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and Black History Month.... read more
Sierra Filucci
Executive Editor, Parenting Content | Mom of two
Research: What Parents Need to Know About Kids, Media, and Body Image
How kids think, feel, and act about their bodies is a critical piece of their self-esteem and overall healthy development. Common Sense Media's new research report, Children, Teens, Media, and Body... read more
Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor, Ratings & Reviews | Mom of two
Watch Out! Family Movies with Surprisingly Scary Scenes
To this day, the only movie that has directly given me nightmares is Watership Down. I saw it when I was 7 or 8, and I'm sure that my parents had only the best of intentions. Yes, it was based on a... read more
What Are Boys Learning from the Super Bowl?
It's difficult to imagine a more hypermasculine public ritual than the Super Bowl. Muscular men shoving and slamming against each other, seeking dominance over one another, and being revered and... read more
When Good Role Models Go Bad
It seems that there are only a few short years between the time a child star makes it big and when he or she starts making salacious headlines. From Miley Cyrus to Justin Bieber, good role models can... read more
Regan McMahon
Senior Editor, Books | Mom of two
13 Books to Help Kids Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies
We all want to find entertaining reads for our kids and tweens, but unfortunately, even some of the best stories reinforce body and gender stereotypes. Girl characters are judged by how pretty they... read more
8 Girl-Power Apps for Young Kids
Many so-called "apps for girls" try to win fans by relying on the same old stereotypical ploys like dress-up, oversimplified gameplay, and pink -- lots of pink. But a few apps are shaking things up... read more


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