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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Report: Online Health and Safety for Children and Youth: Best Practices for Families and Guidance for Industry

The Biden-Harris Administration’s Kids Online Health and Safety Task Force, co-led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), released a new report today with recommendations and best practices for safer social media and online platform use for youth. The recommendations in the report, Online Health and Safety for Children and Youth: Best Practices for Families and Guidance for Industry, underscore the Administration’s efforts to address the ongoing youth mental health crisis and support the President’s Unity Agenda for the nation. Task Force members also committed to future actions, including providing more resources for kids, teenagers and families, guidance for pediatricians and conducting more research.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A Double-Edged Sword: How Diverse Communities of Young People Think About the Multifaceted Relationship Between Social Media and Mental Health

Social media's influence on young people's mental health is a concern for caregivers, educators, and leaders everywhere.

This is the  the third report in a series that has been tracking the role of social media in how young people age 14–22 support their mental health and well-being. The report reinforces that many young people turn to social media for emotional support, connection to friends and family, community building, and for fun.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Confronting Bullying in the Cyber Age

Digital communication is a vital part of teens' and tweens’ lives, but it can also make them vulnerable to harassment in virtual spaces — which can carry over into physical spaces and affect school communities in ways that can be hard to predict. In the latest episode of Education Now, experts discuss the latest insights and strategies from researchers working to create positive learning environments and empower educators, parents, and — maybe most important — students themselves to detect and deter bullying in real life and online. 

Read more and watch an interview

Monday, April 29, 2024

Free Lessons to Support Students’ Digital Well-Being

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Free Lessons to Support Students’ Digital Well-Being
Growing up has always had its challenges. But for kids today, technology and social media have a way of amplifying the stresses they face. Besides just telling them to put away their phones and screens, what can we do to help our students? 

Common Sense's free digital well-being lessons are an accessible way to support students' mental health and well-being. Each lesson approaches the dilemmas and pitfalls that kids face from a practical, relatable point of view, covering topics like:
  • Learning when (and how) to pause and put down our devices while interacting with people.
  • Tuning in to what, when, and how much we're using media and tech, and reflecting on how this makes us feel.
  • Questioning the design tricks that media and tech companies use to keep us hooked on our screens.
  • And understanding the impacts that our media choices have on ourselves, our communities, and the world.
We've got lessons for every grade, K–12, and our middle and high school lessons were co-developed with the Center for Digital Thriving at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Check out our free lessons today!

Digital Well-Being Lessons for Grades K–12 | Common Sense Education

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