Research + News | Topic: Families

The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens & Sleep In The United States

From Common Sense Media: The latest addition to the New Normal research series explores how smartphones and other mobile devices have changed families’ morning and evening routines and in-person relationships. For the first time, parents and teens reveal their habits around screens and sleep, from where they keep phones at night to how often digital notifications wake them up (and why). Access the full report here.

How Kids’ Allowance Works In The Smartphone Age

When it comes to teaching children about money, chore charts are out, electronic accounts are in. Read the article here.

Madonna Says Giving Her Children Mobile Phones ‘Ended Their Relationship’

The singer says her children’s lives became dominated by the technology. Read the article here.

Teens Don’t Use Facebook, But They Can’t Escape It, Either

While a few teens told WIRED they’re concerned about broader privacy issues and the impact Facebook is having on society, most are worried about what their parents post about them. Read the article here.

Phones Are Changing The Texture Of Family Life

Many parents think teens are too absorbed by screens. Teens agree. Read the article here.

Teens’ Screen Addiction Might Be Contagious, And Parents Are Patient Zero

Kids aren’t the only ones struggling to self-regulate their screen time. Read the article here.

How Teens And Parents Navigate Screen Time And Device Distractions

54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction. Read the research from the Pew Research Center here.

Do Teens Use Facebook? It Depends On Their Family’s Income

While only one-third of kids from families with higher incomes said they are on Facebook, Pew reported recently, a much larger share of teens from lower-income backgrounds said that they still use the platform. Read the article here.

I Wish My Mom’s Phone Wasn’t Invented, 2nd Grader Writes In School Project

Elementary school teacher Jen Beason said four of her students told her they wished phones were never invented after giving the class a writing prompt. Read the article here.

Amazon Extends Its Lead In Parental Controls

Amazon, which already has some of the most parent-friendly options for its Fire tablets, added some more improvements. Read the article here.