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Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 3/17/2015

CS_supporter_school-BIGWhile most of us would like to think we have a healthy relationship with our phones, the facts just don’t back this up!  Distracted parenting has been a hot topic recently and some experts link the rise in smartphone ownership with the rise in emergency room visits for kids under 5.  Here are a few suggestions for keeping our relationships with our phones more balanced:

  • No devices during mealtimes.
  • Leave the game-playinng (Words with Friends) until the kids are in bed.
  • No Texting or talking on the phone while driving
  • Put away the phone if the kids are swimming unattended or doing anything else potentially dangerous.
  • Designate “No Tech Zones” in your home and respect them!

Things are not all doom and gloom! Here are a few tips on how to integrate this amazing technology into our lives for the better.  Check out a few of our favorite apps while you are standing in the slow line at the grocery store with your kids!

  • Kids 2-7 years old: 
    ·      Hoopa City: A pre-school friendly world-building game that appeals to older kids as well. There are no rules at all – kids will have a blast figuring out everything they can build, from beaches to amusement parks to universities.
    ·      Barefoot World Atlas: An educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, science, and hobbies around the world. With beautiful graphics and high-quality narration, this app puts kids in charge of their learning. 

  • Kids 7-12:
    ·      Duolingo: Using a fun, game-style system, kids (and grown-ups) can learn any of five languages – Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French.
    ·      Scribblenauts Remix: A popular puzzle app that encourages and rewards players for using their imagination. Open-ended situational challenges will keep kids on their toes and empower them to devise creative solutions.

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 3/3/2015

CS_supporter_school-BIGAll kids are naturally creative and the question for parents and caregivers is how do we foster that creativity.  Common Sense has done the work for you and hand selected a variety of tools to help you foster your kids’ interest in art, science, music, writing and even directing.  Take a look at the Modern Kids’ Guide to Crafting, Coding, Composing and more and let loose your inner creative streak.  Whether you’re a teacher or parent, take this opportunity to sit down and help unleash your kids creative potential.  You’ll be amazed at the results!

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 1/20/2015


The annual International Consumer Electronics Show brings over 150,000 people from all over the globe to Las Vegas every January to pitch, peruse and explore new products that range from extraordinary to ridiculous.  Common Sense was at the show and we scoured the street—and the web— to find some of the best and most promising products for families.  Check out our 5 cool products for kids and families and see what the future has in store.

It is tough to find stories for kids and young teenagers that don’t reinforce body stereotypes, but we found examples of books featuring characters who are comfortable with their bodies, no matter what their size or shape.  Check out these 13 books that show characters who are appreciated for their talent, skills and integrity and they don’t trade on their looks to get ahead.