Fake News: Why Media Literacy Matters

A recent Stanford University study determined that kids today -- digital natives -- aren't good at distinguishing between what's true and what's being sold to them online. Academics studied kids in middle school, high school, and college and determined that a generation savvy about social media is not necessarily savvy about the reliability of their news and information sources:
1.17.17

Digital Citizenship and Device Free Dinner

Learn how to raise kids who are savvy about their use of technology at school and at home, why we must all be upstanders (and not bystanders) when it comes to cyberbullying, and how to take Common Sense Media's #DeviceFreeDinner challenge.
10.19.16

Miss Peregrine is Home Grown

The story behind the novel's conception has a nice Southern California slant and the Tim Burton-directed film comes out this weekend.
9.30.16

Beach Reads 2016

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We’ve found ’em, two books worthy of your beach read: The Girls by sparkly young novelist Emma Cline took us on the unlikely journey of a young woman caught up in a California cult in the 1960’s. We also loved …

7.28.16

Addicted to Tech?

attentiondistraction-heroCommon Sense released a new report today titled ” Technology Addiction; Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance.” Here is a link to the findings online. The upshot of the research roundup is this: media use is causing stress in most families, …

5.4.16

Milk + Bookies April 17, 2016

You can celebrate a love of books this month by joining the annual fundraising celebration of our favorite local charities, Milk + Bookies.
4.13.16

Peggy Orenstein on Girls and Sex – Join us on April 17

Forgive the cliché, but the world has changed and parents can barely keep up. In fact, in Peggy Orenstein’s great new book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, teenagers can barely keep up.
4.9.16

VR: Get Ready for the Future

I recently brought an enthusiastic Virtual Reality producer to a session with 12 teen agers to explore what the new technology is all about. I had to admit a certain trepidation for this new medium, and the kids were thrilled …

3.31.16

Screenagers

Screenagers is a new documentary, debuting March 2, that explores how teens interact with each other and their phones. Director, physician and parent, Delaney Ruston turns the camera on her own family and turns to experts to tackle the questions of how much is too much when it comes to video games and device addiction.
2.25.16