Media & Technology

Can Tech Help Prevent Teen Suicide?

Last year, one-fifth of all high school students seriously considered suicide and 1 in 11 teens attempted suicide. These numbers are staggering and unacceptable. To truly make a dent in the teen mental health crisis, there needs to be an acknowledgement that technology should be an important part of the solution. Read more ›

Citing a Mental Health Crisis Among Young People, California Lawmakers Target Social Media

Karla Garcia said her son’s social media addiction started in fourth grade, when he got his own computer for virtual learning and logged on to YouTube. Now, two years later, the video-sharing site has replaced both schoolwork and the activities he used to love — like composing music or serenading his friends on the piano, she said. Read more ›

Teens Are Flocking to New Photo-Sharing Apps. Are They Safe?

As Snapchat and Instagram draw criticism for safety and mental health concerns, some young people are opting for a different way to keep in touch. Photo “widgets” LiveIn and Locket are grabbing attention for their fuss-free photo sharing — just snap a photo and it pops up in a tiny window on your friend’s home screen. Read more ›

5 Books to Help You Find Balance in a Digital World

Many of us have become so reliant on technology, it’s hard to unplug and put our devices away. Our perceived need to be ‘always on’ can take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing—increasing anxiety, interfering with sleep, and affecting our social relationships.

The following books offer counsel on how to step back from technology and find the right balance to ultimately make you feel more in control. Read more ›

Common Sense [web resource]

Since 2003, Common Sense has been a leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools.  Read more ›

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens [downloadable]

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2021 from Common Sense Media examines kids’ media use during the pandemic and compares the numbers to previous years. Common Sense learned that media use has grown faster since the start of the pandemic — over a two-year period — than it has over the four years prior to the pandemic. But this report goes a few steps further by exploring the content behind those numbers: how kids are spending that time, and which media activities they enjoy most. Read more ›

War, Crisis, Tragedy: How to Talk With Kids When the News is Scary

Hear what child development experts have to say about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from all the scary news out there, whether it’s fighting overseas, a school shooting, devastating wildfire or a global pandemic. Read more ›

The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens

The latest report from the Common Sense Census, The Role of Media During the Pandemic: Connection, Creativity, and Learning for Tweens and Teens, explores how tweens and teens have strategically been using entertainment media to improve their mental health, stay social and creative, and continue learning, even outside of remote school. Read more ›

How Parents and Educators can Support Healthy Teen Use of Social Media

Teens and adolescents rely heavily on their peers as they define their sense of self in the world. The teen brain is wired to socialize with friends over family, but the lockdown imposed exactly the opposite, which is why many have taken refuge in Youtube, Discord, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. And, with a steady stream of news that links social media use to mental health issues, cyberbullying, addiction, misinformation and self-harm, parents and educators are worried. Read more ›

How to Reset Your Family’s Screen Time After the Pandemic

Many families relied on screens a lot during the pandemic. Team up with your kids to create healthier media habits. Read more ›

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