PARENTS’ ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TIKTOK

By Frannie Ucciferri, Common Sense Media,

“Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about this popular musical singing and sharing app.”

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WHEN TEXTS BECOME OBSESSIONS

By Maria Cramer and Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Boston Globe, November 2019

“The prosecution of a former Boston College student who is accused of driving her boyfriend to suicide with tens of thousands of sometimes abusive messages highlighted the social challenges many young people face in an age of compulsive communication — how to maintain healthy boundaries when the text exchanges rarely stop, intruding on their time at home, at meals, even when they’re asleep.”


CYBERBULLYING

VIDEO from Operation Parent

Cyberbullying.  Parents, this could be an issue your child is dealing with today.  Warning signs and practical “next steps” are shared in this video.  Be informed.  They need you.”


WHEN WASTED TIME HURTS

Screenagers

An article with tips and strategies on how to help our youth manage and prevent wasted time on digital devices, and how it the lost time can be harmful.


HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA, ACCORDING TO A MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT

Six tips from a psychologist for coping with the negative impacts of social media use, which research has linked to social isolation, loneliness, and depression.


ONLINE HOMEWORK-THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Screenagers

“When your child’s homework assignment is online it can be an immense challenge for them to stay on task.”

“They can be experiencing a host of uncomfortable feelings related to their school work, such as a sense of “why do I need to learn this anyway,” or frustration of an overly challenging problem set or the stress of having to write about a topic they are not interested in, or they are just plain bored.”


THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE GIVING KIDS A CELL PHONE

By Becky Mansfield, Your Modern Family, December 2019

“Giving your child a phone opens up a whole new world, and it comes with a lot of trial and error, on the part of the child & parent, until you get to the place where you are both comfortable with the way things are working.”

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org)

This website offers a wealth of information regarding screen time, social media, and its impact on our children. The site also offers answers to questions often asked by parents of children of all ages regarding digital media use. 


Screenagers The Movie (www.screenagersmovie.com)

This website provides information about topics including mental health, internet addiction, school policies and more to help support teenagers growing up in the digital age.