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Resources for Today's Tech-Savvy Parent

Parents today are faced with many decisions about technology and media and how they will parent.  This can be a challenge for adults who did not grow up with the same media and technology that their children are exposed to.  This resources page is not meant to suggest any single parenting choice or strategy or what is best for any single family.  Rather, it is a list of resources parents may explore if they are searching for information about parenting in a tech-savvy way!  

If you have suggestions for other resources that you think parents might find useful, please submit a comment suggesting it!

Resources Name and Link Description of the Resource


The More You Know

This resource is a public service project of NBC.  It has other topics as well as videos and  ebooks for facilitating conversations between parents and teachers.


Free electronic book from The More You Know

Part I of this resource is for parents, and Part II is to read along with your kids.  Digital Cizitzenship covers many topics, including internet safety, information privacy and others.


Common Sense Media

This resources gives reviews and advice about movies, video games, software, apps and more.  It also has "advice" areas you might enjoy browsing.


Common Sense Media Advice Videos

A direct link to the "Advice Videos" section from the Common Sense Media website.  The range of topics is wide, including advertising in the media, being safe online, social networking, limiting media usage, and texting and driving.  There are several pages of videos, so be sure to browse them all.  Many are also available in Spanish.



Common Sense Media Family Media Agreement 

This is a sample document that your family could use to set limits around media usage in your family.



Common Sense Media Device Contract

This is an example of a device contract some families choose to use to help set limits for technology usage in their homes. It can be customized to meet your family's values.


Family Online Safety Institute

Need help talking with your kids about online safety? Want to know about parental controls? Looking for a simple set of rules to use with your children? FOSI’s Good Digital Parenting provides you with videos, tip sheets, resources, blogs, and more.


Connect Safely

 A resources put together by the founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  Especially look at the Resources and Media Library Tabs.


10 Ways to Help Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep

Short article with good ideas about setting limits on technology usage that can help young people get better rest at night.


The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native | Devorah Heitner, Ph.D. | TEDxNaperville

 13 Minute Video with some practical advice for parents of tweens about helping them manage technology use.



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