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Using Common Sense: High-speed internet access complicates distance learning

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in ​47 states, including Arizona,​ closed their doors, leaving ​55 million students at home. And the...

Using Common Sense: Media literacy skills help kids navigate what’s true and what’s “fake news”

Parents are consuming a mountain of information from multiple media platforms as they follow news about COVID-19, protests following the death of George Floyd,...

Is screen time a COVID-19 parenting panacea? I wish!

Screen time. In my mind, this term stands for a conglomeration of tablet-based kids’ games, Cosmic Kids Yoga, and — most of all —...

Kids are spending more time than ever watching YouTube (and much less time reading!)

Half of the kids in the U.S. will own smartphones by age 11, and phone use is on the rise for kids as young...

Using Common Sense: Parenting tips for managing kids’ screen time

At a crowded Mexican restaurant in north Phoenix recently, my husband and I were seated between two lovely families — one with three kids...

Using Common Sense: Cyberbullying is everyone’s business

Katey, a Chandler mom with five daughters between the ages of 10 and 13, worries about the continual — almost daily — cyberbullying that...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Yes, a family road trip without screens is possible

It was going to be a long trip through Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and we knew it would be challenging. We plotted a...

D-backs seek applications for $100,000 School Challenge

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is accepting applications for its $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix. The program is open to all K-12...

Using Common Sense: What parents should know about TikTok

Let’s see a virtual show of hands: How many of you as parents are thoroughly confused — and somewhat overwhelmed — by the wide...

Common Sense Media: Parenting with common sense in a 24/7 media world

Common Sense Media helps families navigate the world of 24/7 media and technology by offering free age-based ratings and reviews for movies, TV shows,...

Taking a road trip? Try listening to an audiobook as a family

When my family travels in airplanes, it’s every person for him or herself. My 8-year-old son can sit through any intercontinental flight with an...

Newborn Intensive Care cameras offer families peace of mind

Vianey Arreola spent a week this year living at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Goodyear mom only left her newborn, Sophia, to race home for...

Parenting hack: Save time with online grocery shopping

As I’m writing this, our week has been a doozie. My family’s afternoons and evenings have been double- and triple-booked with soccer-playoff tournaments, basketball...

Level Up Village helps All Saints’ third-graders collaborate globally

You might not normally picture third-graders working on 3-D printers using computer-aided design, or conversing about solar energy with students halfway around the world....

12 cool apps for tracking homework, encouraging chores

Being able to pull up all my kids’ chores on my phone has been a blessing and a curse. The convenience of assigning chores...

Does your child want a smartphone? Here’s what to consider

In the past year, my almost 11-year-old daughter has been asking the same question repeatedly: “Can I get a cellphone?” It’s a universal conundrum for...



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