Three teenagers sitting and talking.

Adults know better than anyone how hard it is to get enough sleep, fit in enough exercise, and keep from just staring at the TV after a long day of work. Teens have the same struggles, and they’re particularly vulnerable to spending more time staring at a phone than playing a sport or getting to bed at a reasonable hour. Here’s how to ensure they have a healthy mix of activities (and non-activity).

Father and son walking together.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media sites, especially among teens. But beyond the risks to public safety, it’s also been shown to wear down the self-esteem of its users. The constant parade of people looking better, making more, spending more, traveling further can create a feeling of inadequacy or even failure. How can parents help teens form a healthier relationship with Instagram?

Teenage boy in a classroom.

Impersonation used to be a difficult thing to pull off. Now, anybody with access to a social media site and an email account can pretend to be you, or, more often, your teen. If your teen finds somebody impersonating them online, here’s what to do.

Mom and teenage son having a discussion.

Much of our society is “set it and forget it.” Our appliances turn on and off automatically, our bills are set to autopay, our cars can park themselves, and that makes it easy to forget that some of what we do must be hands-on. And while parental control apps can help with monitoring kids’ internet use, they’re only one piece of the equation.

Teen sitting on a couch reading a book.

As long as there have been children, books, and something to distract them from reading, there has been concern that children aren’t reading enough. The latest “something” is the smartphone and the tablet. But are screens denting children’s literary skills, or is the concern overblown? The answer is more complicated than you think.

Mother and daughter looking at a cell phone together.

In simpler times, if you wanted to get away from your peers, it was easy enough. You just left the room, ignored the phone, and did something else. Now, though, we’ve all got smartphones in our pockets, including our children, and peer pressure can follow us everywhere we go. How is technology changing peer pressure, and how can we counteract it?

How to Help Your Teen Balance Sleep, Screen Use, and Exercise
Adults know better than anyone how hard it is to get enough sleep, fit in enough exercise, and keep from
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Instagram Can Affect Teens’ Self-Image. Here’s How Parents Can Help.
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How to Protect Your Child’s Identity on Social Media
Impersonation used to be a difficult thing to pull off. Now, anybody with access to a social media site and
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Good Parenting Is the Number One Internet Safety ‘Tool’ for Kids
Much of our society is “set it and forget it.” Our appliances turn on and off automatically, our bills are
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Is Your Child’s Tech Use Harming Their Literacy Skills?
As long as there have been children, books, and something to distract them from reading, there has been concern that
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How Technology Is Changing the Concept of Peer Pressure
In simpler times, if you wanted to get away from your peers, it was easy enough. You just left the
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Location tracking apps: a guide for parents.
Location tracking used properly as part of a parental control app, can mean parents have reassurance at their fingertips. Here
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How to Prevent Kids from Making In-App Purchases
Back in 2011, a viral story made the rounds of an eight-year-old girl racking up a $1400 bill on a
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How to Avoid Excessive Screen Time When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside
As the snows whirl and the winter rains fall, we all face a familiar conundrum; what to do when we're
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