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. This page is intended to provide you with the resources and tools to help parents and caregivers do just that.
October Technology Events
In partnership with Beach Cities Health, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Hermosa Beach City Unified School District, and Redondo Beach Unified School District, SBFC invites you to join us at our free Families Connected Workshops. Click HERE or on the image below to register.
In partnership with the Torrance Unified School District and the Volunteer Center, SBFC invites all South Bay parents and teens to here Dr. Jean Twenge, author of IGen, present, “Today’s Youth: Screen Time and Mental Health".” Click HERE or on the image below for details.
View the SBFC recommended parent reading list on the Pages, a bookstore, website. All books may be purchased online, including IGen. Note: 10% of IGen book sales online and at the event will be donated to Torrance Unified School District to help fund this event.
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.
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.
To connect with what’s trending among youth and what parents need to know, check out articles by Clayton Cranford, The Cyber Cop, and sign-up for his free e-newsletter.
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.
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.
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
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)