From using Zoom to supporting academic growth, welcome to your go-to guide for a positive experience learning from home.

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Election 2020 Youth Media Screening

Enjoy powerful and diverse student commentaries on election issues that matter to them ranging from climate change to gun control.

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Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

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Common Sense Together: Building a Better Tomorrow

Watch Common Sense for an inspiring virtual fundraiser with special guests, hopeful reflections, and a provocative conversation about educational equity.

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Creating a School Culture and Curriculum of Racial Equity and Justice

Watch this important conversation with Common Sense, social justice experts, school administrators, and educators.

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5 steps for a different school year

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5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year

Five steps to help your child stay on track, no matter where learning takes place.

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Mirrors and Windows: Why Kids Need to See Themselves Reflected in the Media They Watch

Common Sense and the Children’s Media Association discuss the importance of inclusive representation in media.

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Parent-Teacher Planning Tool

Three simple steps to help you partner with your child's teacher.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set expectations for device care, online behavior, learning responsibilities, and more with this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Discuss expectations for online communication, safety, device use, and more with your tween or teen using this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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grades 3–5

Get Kids Ready for Video-Chatting

Set kids up for success by doing a trial run, testing your equipment, and reviewing appropriate behavior for online lessons.

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

Set expectations and ground rules for distance learning at home.

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5 steps for a different school year

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5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year

Five steps to help your child stay on track, no matter where learning takes place.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set expectations for device care, online behavior, learning responsibilities, and more with this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Discuss expectations for online communication, safety, device use, and more with your tween or teen using this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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grades 3–5

Get Kids Ready for Video-Chatting

Set kids up for success by doing a trial run, testing your equipment, and reviewing appropriate behavior for online lessons.

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media balance

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades 6–12

Even though media and tech are essential for distance learning, families can find balance by following a few simple practices.

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Family Tips on Cyberbullying for All Ages

More time online might expose kids to more mean online behavior. Help kids dodge the drama and stand up for others with these key tips.

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Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls

Do you need parental controls? Do they really work? Here's everything you need to know about parental control solutions, from OS settings to monitoring apps to network hardware.

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Conversations with Common Sense Video Series

Tune in to hear from authors, experts, and thought leaders discussing what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age.

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Back-to-School Planning: Checklists for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Use this landing page of resources and guidelines from the CDC to help you prepare for going back to school during the pandemic.

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Quick Skills Check

Have kids take this quick, grade-appropriate reading- or math-readiness assessment to gauge their skills. After, use some of the suggested activities to continue learning. (en español)

Get tips, advice, and activity ideas to keep your kid excited and engaged.

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Parent-Teacher Planning Tool

Three simple steps to help you partner with your child's teacher.

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Have Tips on Media Balance and Distance Learning Sent to Your Phone

Request tips on media balance and selected content from Wide Open School to be sent directly to your phone. Just text the word "kids" to 21555.

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Tools to Help Kids Stay Focused During Distance Learning

To make sure kids stay on task, use an automated to-do list, at-a-glance scheduler, or other digital tool that uses effective productivity strategies to prevent distractions.

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How to Keep Kids Motivated with Online Learning

Helpful tips and techniques to encourage and motivate your kids during virtual lessons.

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Bilingual Learning Opportunities at Home

Learn tips for reinforcing two languages at home during these times.

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Brain Breaks and Boosts for Younger Kids

Add fun and learning to your day with these easy, screen-free activities -- and subtract stress and boredom!

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Brain Breaks and Boosts for Older Kids and Teens

Mix up your day with these easy, screen-free activities. Check off the activities as you go to complete them all!

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Top Time-Management Apps

Teach kids essential organization and time-management skills with these time trackers, scheduling apps, and digital calendars.

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Milestones: Understanding Grade-Level Expectations

Watch this free online collection of videos to learn what kids are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level.

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Grade Level Readiness Check

Get to know more about your child's learning. Use this interactive tool to help set your child up for success with learning at home.

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This Teachable Moment

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This Teachable Moment

Download this primer on project-based learning to help your kid keep growing, learning, and discovering.

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Support Kids' Academic Growth

Read this series of articles to understand how you can support kids' math, science, and reading skills.

Learn ways to support your families' emotional and mental health.

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Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

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Creating a School Culture and Curriculum of Racial Equity and Justice

Watch this important conversation with Common Sense, social justice experts, school administrators, and educators.

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Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

How to manage anxiety, stay active, and focus on your family's well-being.

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6 Ways to Support Kids' Mental Health Right Now

Learn what new research says about kids' mental health and what it means for how we parent during the pandemic.

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5 Signs of Screen Overload — and How to Handle Them

From poor sleep to headaches, signs that it's time for kids to take a break can take many forms.

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Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance

Get the fun started with ideas from show-and-tell to charades to TikTok dances.

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How to Tell Who Your Kid Is Talking to Online — and How to Keep Their Convos Cool

With spot checks, meaningful conversations, and a few critical privacy settings, you can help kids learn to protect themselves from potential risks.

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So Now What? Supporting SEL at Home

In this video, Jennifer Miller from Confident Parents, Confident Kids explores parenting strategies for SEL and learning during the pandemic.

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Parenting During COVID-19: Managing (Child) Anxiety

The Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders provides useful tools to help support child emotional health and well-being related to social distancing and beyond.

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Pandemic Parenting: COVID-19 & Your Child's Mental Health

NBC's Barbara Harrison interviews Children's National Hospital infectious disease expert Laura Gray, Ph.D., who discusses how to manage your child's mental well-being during the pandemic.

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Parents Need Stress Management Too!

Watch this video to learn helpful mindsets and self-care activities to reduce parenting stress during the pandemic.

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When Will This Be Over? Sesame Workshop's Tips for Parenting in a Pandemic

NPR and a developmental psychologist from Sesame Workshop team up to offer helpful tips on parenting during the pandemic.

Everything you need to know about the apps and devices your kid is using for distance learning.

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What to Ask When Your Kid Brings Home a School-Issued Laptop

There are no silly questions when it comes to the technology your kid will be learning on.

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Understand Google Classroom

Learn more about this popular classroom management tool so you can best support your kid's online learning.

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What You Need to Know About Zoom

What is Zoombombing? Is Zoom safe for kids? Get answers to your most pressing questions about this popular video-conferencing tool.

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How to Use the Google Translate App

Watch this video to learn how to use this translation app.

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6 Tips for Families Using the Seesaw Class App

If your kid's teacher is using Seesaw Class to share assignments, check out these tips on how to use the app from your mobile device.

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How to Use ClassDojo

Watch this video to learn about the tool many educators use to communicate with families and students.

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Getting Started with the Microsoft Teams App

If your kid's teacher is using Microsoft Teams for distance learning, follow these steps to use the app from your mobile device or desktop computer.

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Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Kid's School-Issued Computer

From parental controls to consequences for misuse, here's everything you need to know about using your kid's school computer for distance learning.

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Tips for Parents Using the Schoology Mobile App

If your kid's teacher is using Schoology to run classroom activities, check out these tips on how to use the app.