Parents' Ultimate Guides
Struggling to keep up with the apps, games, and websites your kids are using? Common Sense's Parents' Ultimate Guides can help keep you up to date and answer your questions about all the latest platforms and trends. Whether you're trying to figure out if a new app is safe for your teen or if a popular game includes blood and gore, we've got you covered.
Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about this popular musical singing and sharing app.
Is Snapchat safe for kids? How does it work? And what's with Snapstreaks? Everything curious parents need to know about this ultra-popular app.
Dive deeper into the choose-your-own-adventure world of Minecraft, the quirky building game that can keep kids hooked for hours, but has lots of learning benefits, too.
Is Roblox safe for kids? How does it work? And what the heck are Robux?
Are your kids caught up in the Fortnite frenzy? Here's everything you need to know about this popular video game.
How to enjoy YouTube with your kids without feeling overwhelmed and confused.
Is YouTube Kids really safe for kids? How does it work, and how do you set filters and parental controls? Learn more about this kid-targeted, but sometimes iffy, YouTube-lite app.
Is Discord safe? How does it work? And what does it have to do with Fortnite? Here's everything you need to know about this popular chat app for gamers.
Is Instagram safe? How does it work? And what's a "finsta"? Everything parents need to know about this popular image-sharing app.
Is Twitch safe for kids? Here's everything you need to know about this massively popular gaming and livestreaming platform.
Learn more about the video-conferencing software your kid is probably using for class right now.
Under the right circumstances -- and with plenty of oversight -- Messenger Kids can help young kids connect. But is social media OK for this age group?
Google's free-to-schools organization platform makes it easy for students to keep all their schoolwork in one place -- but it invites privacy and safety risks that parents should keep an eye on.
It's promoted as a family-friendly destination for mobile games, but is this subscription gaming service right for your kids?
Did your kids make the sudden switch from "Fortnite" to this new battle royale romp? Here's everything you need to know about the popular video game.
Is your gamer obsessed with Steam? Here's everything you need to know about the popular but permissive PC gaming platform.
Are smart speakers OK for kids? Should you buy smart home technology? What are the benefits of smart devices and what are the privacy and security risks? Everything you need to know about smart stuff for families.
Whether it's a shared moment between friends, or a public feed with millions of followers, livestreaming entertains and enlightens with on-the-fly video that's not always age-appropriate.
Now that esports is in high schools across the country, your teen gamer can justify gaming as “training” -- and maybe even win a college scholarship.
Do you need parental controls? What are the options? Do they really work? Here's everything you need to know about the wide array of parental control solutions, from OS settings to monitoring apps to network hardware.