Chapter 12: Family Life and Technology: Implications for the Practice of Family Life Education

by Susan K. Walker

Parents' Use of Social Media

Jodi Dworkin, Jessie Rudi, and Jennifer Doty discuss what affects parents' SNS use and what the outcomes are of that use.

Length: 60 minutes. Approved for 1 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

American Academy of Pediatrics' Healthy Children — Media

The media-specific section of AAP's educational website contains information and links to articles about media and children, and about helping children navigate the media sphere.

Center on Media and Child Health

The Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to understanding and responding to the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children through research, translation, and education. Resources are organized for search by academic researchers and the public alike; the "Ask the Mediatrician" feature allows anyone to ask the director, Dr. Michael Rich, a question.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides articles about parenting and media; reviews movies, shows, games, and apps; and recommends entertainment choices for kids.

Common Sense Media — Family Tip Sheets

This is a collection of fact sheets on a variety of digital literacy and digital citizenship topics, sorted by child age group, for educator use.


This website from Childnet International provides resources on safety and selection of online resources, including social networks.

Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.: Research on the Effects of Media

Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D., is an expert on media and violence, gaming, and technology use in the family. His website includes podcasts produced in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

Healthy Media Choices

Healthy Media Choices provides access to research and resources that focus particularly on media and young children. — online safety

The online safety webpage provides numerous links to information about safe use of the internet, with specific areas for parents and for children and teens. 


NetFamilyNews is the "community newspaper" of a vital interest for parents, educators, and others interested in young people's technology use. Founded in 1999, its articles on youth and technology now reach people in more than 50 countries. It provides up-to-date research, dialogue, and links related to children, families, and technology.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. You'll find reports on many types of activities, demographics, and technology formats.

Search Institute's Parent Further: Technology and Media

This resource provides information on children's use of different types of technology — mobile, social networking, video games, media and advertising, and more — and gives everyday tips to help parents make sure that their child is using technology for positive purposes.

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