As parents and caregivers, we strive to help our kids manage technology and social media in healthy ways. This page offers evidence-based resources to help us do just that. Please be sure to scroll down to the curated gallery of resources to see tips tools from the Center for Humane Technology, Common Sense Media, and others.
Families Connected Resources
Expert advice and a parenting tip sheet
Tech Time offers helpful parenting tips from Leah Niehaus, LCSW, in under two minutes.
Tip Sheet produced in Partnership with Beach Cities Health District. Please Click on the image to enlarge.
Featured Families Connected blogs
On the Minds of Parents: Teens, Technology, and Social Media, a synopsis of, and links to national articles
It's Time for a Cyber Safety Tune-Up, by The Cyber-Safety Cop
Recommended reading and event
We recommend Media Moms and Digital Dads by Families Connected Speaker Series presenter Dr. Yalda T. Uhls as an excellent book for a discussion group at your school or within your community. Click on the image at left to register for this free event. You can purchase the book online at SBFC Recommended Parent Reading List at Pages, an independent book seller.
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Curated National Articles and Resources
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Featured national articles and tools
How to Help Kids Manage Sleep, Schoolwork and Screens (KQED/MindShift)
At Your Wits' End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This (KQED/MindShift)
Learning with Technology (Common Sense Media)
Social Media, Social Life Infographic (Common Sense Media)
National movements to consider
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 to support optimal digital health and safety for youth
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, explore all that this outstanding website has to offer, including helpful videos. We also highly recommend their handbook written for teens about sexting and requests for nudes. Be sure to sign-up for their free monthly e-newsletter and free app.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides an online resource to create a customized media plan for your family. This Media Planner tool can help you to think about media & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values.
Challenge Success offers parents outstanding digital media tips and resources. Please click on the logo above to access questions to guide the conversation and tips for a balanced approach to digital media.
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.
The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd
Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning by Chip Donohue
Screen Time: How Electronic Media–From Baby Videos to Educational Software–Affects Your Young Child by Lisa Guernsey
Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge, PhD
Media Moms & Digital Dads by Yadha Yhls
A resource to help parents reset their kid's screen habits and reconnect their families.