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Circle Roundup: Volume 3

Parenting in the digital age takes an online village. Here are some stories seen ‘round the web on juggling family and tech—just for you.

ON SETTING LIMITS

At Your Wit’s End with a Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This NPR
"I lost my daughter when I gave her the cell phone," says mom Ellie. The author of Screenwise advises a family on mentoring vs. monitoring kids’ screen time to strike a better balance.

(Also check out NPR’s related 5 Strategies for Coping with Screen-Obsessed Kids)

Parents' Ultimate Guide to YouTube Kids Common Sense Media
Is YouTube Kids safe? Mostly. Get the breakdown on how to set parental controls, what YouTube is doing to secure its screening process and even YouTube alternatives.

Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children NY Times
Parents are taking a No-Phone Pledge to hold off on phones until 8th grade, while a new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up.

THE LATEST RESEARCH

America’s Phone-Obsessed Teens Are Always Multi-tasking and It’s Starting to Cost Them Business Insider
Doing homework while listening to music while checking Instagram—sensory overload and FOMO is taking a toll on the attention spans of Gen Z.

Neuroscience Explains Why Instagram Is So Bad for Teen Girls Forbes
The need to fit in and get approval from your peers is magnified on social media. Here we learn how and why this impacts girls differently than it does boys.

The One Kind of Screen Time That Isn’t Likely to Give Your Kids Depression MIT Technology Review
A new study finds that video games are neutral in their effects on teen depression.

SCREEN TIME HACKS

8 Creative Ways to Manage Your Kids’ Screen Time Thrive Global
Parents share their best unplugging tips to help you create device routines that work.

For Kids, Free Time Equals Screen Time—So Parents Fight Back Wall Street Journal
Unstructured play was a good thing before phones and Fortnite came into the picture. Now parents are turning to activity lists before kids to turn to devices. Sample list included or check out our list of 60 ideas for summer!

An Old-School Cure for Toddler Phone-Grabbing: Calculators OZY
Little ones grabbing your phone mid-text? Calculators make excellent (and screen free!) stand-ins. Learn why.

WHAT’S GOOD ONSCREEN: FAMILY SCREEN TIME RECOMMENDATIONS

Must-Have Apps for Family Travel Common Sense Media
Road trip coming up? Check out curated audio content for kids plus backseat entertainment that inspires mind-bending and cooperative screen-time play.

The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Long Summer Drives WIRED
Storytelling at its best: Kids can brush up on science, fierce females in history, classic fairy tales and boredom-busting music shows.


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