Recommended National Articles and Resources

Current Research 

Click on the blog below for a synopsis of, and links to, recent national articles and videos from The Atlantic, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, and CBS, including research from, and interviews with, Jean Twenge about iGens on the latest research regarding the affects of technology and social media on youth. 


Ways to Help Youth Dial it Back


The Center for Humane Technology, a coalition of early social media creators trying to reverse the digital attention crisis offers specific tips on how to minimize the unhealthy impact of our devices and digital engagement. Click on the button above, or here for a related article from the New York Times


National Movements We Support

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone. Read their reasons to wait.

Click on the image above to access great conversation starters and dinner games, to download a free guide, and participate in the Family Dinner Project.. Additional tips and suggestions for device-free dinners are provided by Common Sense Media.


National Resources We Recommend

Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. If you have questions on how to take control of the technology in your kids' lives, check out this guide and helpful Q and A, and explore all that this outstanding website has to offer, including helpful videos. Be sure to sign-up for their free monthly enewsletter and free app.

Connect Safely is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. The site provides free subject-based parent guides and excellent safety tips.

South Bay Families Managing Media

A resource to help parents reset their kid's screen habits and reconnect their families. 

Recommended SBFC Video - Tech Time


Produced by South Bay Families Connected, Tech Time offers helpful tips from SBFC blogger and presenter, Leah Niehaus, LCSW,.

Screen Use Trends in the South Bay, + Tips for Parents

 (screen time rules source: Challenge Success)

Navigating the Web and Social Media Safely

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)

The Facts About Online Predators Every Parent Should Know

Arm yourself with the facts so that you can help your kids be smart, cautious, and savvy  (Common Sense Media

17 Popular Apps & Websites 

Social media apps that let teens do it all -- text, chat, meet people, and share their pics and videos -- often fly under parents' radars. (Common Sense Media)

A Parents' Guide to Snapchat

  Connect Safely

Connect Safely


Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting

Share with your teen: Common Sense Media's Sexting Handbook

A Parent's Guide to  Cyberbullying


Related Issues

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