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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.

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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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Featured national articles and tools

Source: Common Sene Media

Source: Common Sene Media

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. Read a related article from the New York Times.

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.

Recommended books

  • 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

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