While having access to social media and technology is fun for children and gives them a sense of independence, it can also be dangerous if not used responsibly. This page is here to give you answers about cyber bullying, social media usage, and being safe and private online.
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Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We have included some recommended pages on social media in the section below.
Challenge Success provides specific tips for managing digital media. The format also includes provides a video presentation.
Share with your teen: Common Sense Media's Sexting Handbook
Navigating Social Media
There are plenty of good things about social media — but also many potential dangers and things that you want your kids and teens to avoid. They don't always make the smartest choices when they post something to a site like Facebook or YouTube, and sometimes this can lead to problems. (Kids Health)
Kids of all ages are swiping and scrolling, totally transfixed by screens of all sizes. Welcome to the new frontier of parenting. If you have questions on how to take control of the technology in your kids' lives, check out this guide by Connect Safely.
Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs. Social media apps that let teens do it all -- text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos -- often fly under parents' radars. (Connect Safely)
Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting (Common Sense Media)
A Reconsideration of Children's Screen Times (NY Times)