Issues related to youth and technology -- including social media management, cyberbullying, cyber safety, gaming, and video viewing -- are the most frequently mentioned concerns that we hear from parents in our parent support groups, at parent education events, and at our parent advisory meetings. Parents want to know how to help their kids manage technology and social media in a healthy way, how to identify the warning signs of misuse, and how to effectively establish boundaries and intervene when needed. Fortunately, we now have current studies that help us understand how screen time affects the teen brain, as well as many outstanding resources that can provide us with guidelines and strategies to help our iGens navigate technology and social media in a health way. We update this page frequently in order to stay on top of the latest findings, so please check back soon for more information and videos.
Recommended National Articles and Resources
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
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 ConnectSafely.org 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.
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
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
Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting
Share with your teen: Common Sense Media's Sexting Handbook
A Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying
Visit related sections of the SBFC website for parents and caregivers
More Recommended Articles
Have Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation? (The Atlantic)
Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting (Common Sense Media)
A Reconsideration of Children's Screen Times (NY Times)