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 note, clicking on many of the logos and images on this page will take you out of the SBFC website, but SBFC will remain open in your browser.
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, 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 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.
Screen Use Trends in the South Bay, + Tips from BCHD and SBFC
Click on the image below to access the Talk About Campaign
Tips for parents
(screen time rules source: Challenge Success)
Recommended SBFC Video - Tech Time
Produced by South Bay Families Connected, Tech Time offers helpful tips from SBFC blogger and presenter, Leah Niehaus, LCSW,.