Parent Concerns

Have a question or digital dilemma? Here you will find age-appropriate guidelines for your family plus videos and articles to help with the tough conversations.
Media messages play a big role in shaping gender norms, ideas about sex, and body satisfaction, from the time kids are in preschool to their adolescence. Common Sense Media's latest research paper Children, Teens, Media, & Body Image (2015) highlights the latest pressures kids are facing and offers helpful tips for parents.
Setting screen-time limits -- and helping kids moderate their own habits -- are all about finding the right balance for your family's needs and lifestyle. We offer advice for creating a realistic schedule, setting age-appropriate guidelines on TV time, finding the first websites for young kids to use, handling violent media, and managing kids' cell phone use.
Cyberbullying, whether it's done online or over a cell phone, can affect kids of any age. Find age-appropriate guidelines, videos, and articles to help with tough conversations -- whether your kid is a bully or is being bullied. We answer all your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts. 
To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.
Social media isn't simply a way of life for kids -- it's life itself. To help them keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, we offer the most up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting, and avoiding digital drama.
Learning with technology, whether with a math app, a video how-to, or a wiki, opens up a new world of discovery for kids. And as they access information in novel ways, kids are preparing for life in a new interconnected, global world. Learn how to spot the good stuff, find the right products for your kids' needs, and foster a love of learning.
For kids with special needs, the right tools can make a huge difference. Games, apps, and devices offer access, information, and inclusion to kids with learning differences, autism, vision and hearing loss, and more. Learn how to configure your child's device, boost your kid's social skills, and determine the best digital media for your family's needs.
The back-to-school season can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. Whether you have a kindergartner just starting out or a teen in high school, media and tech will play a major role both during and after school. We offer practical advice on how to avoid the season's buying frenzy, recommendations for useful educational tools, and tips on helping your teen navigate the social media landscape of high school.
Books open up the world for kids like nothing else. The transition from being read to, to sounding out words to becoming a full-fledged cover-to-cover reader is something to celebrate. Wherever your kid is on his or her reading journey, our expert advice can help. From our Essential Book Guide to tips on building literacy skills to teen reading concerns, we will help you raise a reader.
If you think there's a lot of violence in your kids' movies, games, and TV shows, you're right. While studies show watching violent images can lead to aggressive behavior and other negative results, parents can help ease the impact. Our advice can help you select age-appropriate content, wean kids off violent video games, and better understand the research on media violence.