By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor
There are two types of people in the world: New Year's resolution makers and "let's-just-wing-it" types. Whichever category you fall into, our media resolutions (or "suggestions" for the latter group) are designed to be easy, fun, totally doable and family-strengthening.
And whether you're a planner or a play-it-by-ear person, your family will undoubtedly face media and technology issues in 2015 as they become more ubiquitous, affordable and essential to daily life. There's a lot to look forward to -- and a lot to manage. Consider one or more of these New Year's resolutions and you'll weather anything that comes your way.
- Focus on content quality, not screen time quantity. It's not that screen time doesn't matter (kids need a balance of activities for healthy development). But trying to tally up all the minutes your kids spend in front of a screen -- and feeling guilty when they go "over" -- helps nothing. This year, focus on becoming actively engaged in your kids' media. Help them make quality, age-appropriate choices, play or watch together when you can and talk about any issues that come up. Some days they may spend a little more time on the computer learning to code, but the next day they may end up making crafts all day. It balances out.
Play: Starter Games for Parents to Play with Kids; Family Video Games
Try: Instructables; Duolingo; Thrively; LessonFace
Ask: What's your favorite new app, game or website? What do you like about it? How can you make sure you're using it responsibly, respectfully and safely?
Explore: JustGive; DonorsChoose; Kids Can Give Too
Stream: Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street; watch: The Tale of Princess Kaguya; play: A Bird Story; download: Spirits of Spring
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