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Apps and Games to Spark Kindness and Compassion
Kindness and compassion. These "soft skills" are ones that parents may think come naturally to their children. After all, your kids are good kids. You show them kindness and compassion, therefore... read more
Regan McMahon
Deputy Editor, Books | Mom of two
Spooky Kids' Books for Halloween and Beyond
Finding the right book for your kid can be a challenge. But if you guess right and keep new ones coming, you may be on your way to raising a lifelong reader. Check out our Essential Books for Kids... read more
Liz Perle
Editor in Chief | Mom of two
Bullying Is Everybody's Business
Until recently, parents, teachers, and news accounts have focused on the relationship between a bully and his or her target. But experts say that there are usually more kids involved in a... read more
Our Friends' Favorites: Tom Schaar's Hot Picks for Apps and Games
In the Our Friends' Favorites series, we ask Common Sense Media friends and partners to share their top media picks, and this time we turned to skateboarder Tom Schaar to find out his favorite games... read more
Our Friends' Favorites: LeVar Burton on Great Books for Boys
Our Friends' Favorites series -- in which we ask Common Sense Media's friends and partners to share their top media picks -- has recently focused on books that feature positive female characters,... read more
Our Friends' Favorites: Geena Davis on Books with Great Female Characters
Earlier this summer, we asked Chelsea Clinton and Jennifer Siebel Newsom to share their thoughts on inspiring books that feature positive, realistic female characters. For our third post in the Our... read more
Erin Wilkey Oh
Executive Editor, Education | Mom of two
90+ Back-to-School Apps, Games, and Websites
Can you believe summer is nearly over already? When I was a classroom teacher, this was always my favorite time of year. I loved getting ready for school to start: stocking up on supplies, organizing... read more
Regan McMahon
Deputy Editor, Books | Mom of two
7 Foreign Films Kids Will Love
I showed my son, Kyle, his first foreign film when he was 7: the Academy Award-winning 1957 French classic The Red Balloon. I had seen it when I was his age, and I still recall being fascinated by... read more


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