Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

Teens

Erin Wilkey Oh
Executive Editor, Education | Mom of two
How to Get Your School to Teach Digital Manners and Skills
Today's kids are impressively tech-savvy. But the digital world -- just like the non-digital world -- requires all kinds of skills that kids don't simply pick up as they go. Digital citizenship and... read more
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What Teens Really Think About Their Social Media Lives
What teenagers look like they're doing and what they're actually doing can be two totally different things -- especially when it comes to social media. A bored-looking ninth-grader could be majorly... read more
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School-Year Screen-Time Rules from a Teacher
This article is part of Common Sense Media's Parent Voices series, which provides a platform for opinions about parenting in the digital age. All ideas expressed are the writer's own. Last year... read more
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What Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls Mean for You
If you've been shopping around for parental controls to help manage your kids' Apple devices, you might want to put on the brakes: The new operating system, iOS 12, has a feature called Screen Time... read more
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Regan McMahon
Deputy Editor, Books | Mom of two
Why Your Kid Should Read Banned Books
What do The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Native Son, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, and The Adventures of Captain Underpants have in common? At... read more
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Regan McMahon
Deputy Editor, Books | Mom of two
Practical Tips for Parents of Exceptional Readers
Kids reading is something to celebrate. But if your kid's an advanced reader -- a preschooler who’s already reading, or an elementary or middle school kid who’s reading way above grade level -- ... read more
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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Tik Tok - including musical.ly
With so many social networks to keep track of, it's not surprising if your kid's obsession with the Tik Tok app leaves you scratching your head. So what is it exactly? Tik Tok is a free social media... read more
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What to Ask When Your Kid Brings Home a School-Issued Laptop
Good news, folks: You can cross off pencils and paper from your back-to-school shopping list. School-issued laptops and tablets are steadily replacing workbooks and practice packets. Yes, it's... read more
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