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Plugged in Parents

How does parents' media use affect their kids?

It's no secret that tweens and teens spend a lot of time with media. But what about their parents? This report puts the spotlight on parents to understand how they manage their kids' -- and their own -- media use.

Social Media and Teens

"Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences sheds light on teens' changing social media habits and why some kids are more deeply affected by -- and connected to -- their digital worlds. The report is a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 kids age 13 to 17. And because it tracks changes from 2012 to today, we can see how teens' social media use continues to evolve."


Technology and Family Time

From Common Sense Media...

Here's a sure-fire recipe for making family dinners great.

When devices are at the dinner table, it's so easy for a "quick text" or "just one video" to turn a meal into a digital free-for-all, even if you have screen-time rules. In fact, 76 percent of parents are concerned that using mobile devices during family dinner takes away from quality conversations.

So what can your family do to keep dinner full of fun, memorable moments instead of texts and tweets? Take the #DeviceFreeDinner Challenge and make a shared commitment to keeping devices away from the dinner table. It's a small step that makes a big difference. After all, research shows that dinner-table conversations lead to healthier, happier kids.

Sign up and you'll get the #DeviceFreeDinner Challenge Family Starter Kit, full of age-appropriate tips, tools, and advice to get your family started with fun device-free dinners.

Try it tonight!