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How to explain the news to kids HipLatina

How To Explain The News To Our Kids

If it bleeds, it leads. The old newsroom adage about milking stories for sensationalism seems truer than ever today. And…

17 Tips to Steer Kids of All Ages Through the Political Season

Today, when the latest campaign trail gaffe, political scandal, or candidate counterattack goes viral, your kids may hear about it before you…

Educating kids about hate speech online HipLatina

How To Educate Your Kids About Hate Speech Online

Hate speech is all over the internet. Fueled by trolls, extremists, false information, and a group mentality, this kind of cruelty against…

Talking To Kids About Breaking News HipLatina

How To Teach Kids Media Smarts During Breaking News

When big news breaks, it’s easy to get caught up in following the news online. But while the internet— from…

What Kids Consider Scary Stuff HipLatina

How Much “Scary Stuff” Can My Young Kid Handle?

Some kids like scary stuff, and some kids hate it. Movies with fearsome images, intense danger, loud noises, and—above all—blood…

Kids and digital manners HipLatina

How To Get Your School To Teach Digital Manners and Skills

Today’s kids are impressively tech-savvy. But the digital world—just like the non-digital world—requires all kinds of skills that kids don’t…

5 Read-‘Em-Before-You-See-‘Em Books To Get Your Kids Now

If you’re one of those families that insist their kids read the book before seeing the movie, there’s some serious…

The Hate U Give HipLatina

5 Conversations To Have with Your Kids After “The Hate U Give”

Based on Angie Thomas’ award-winning book about an African American teen who witnesses the fatal police shooting of a close friend, The Hate…

Kids and esports HipLatina

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Esports

Forget the image of a sulky video-gamer alone in his bedroom with a computer and three days’ worth of pizza…

Using media to teach kids self-control HipLatina

How Can I Use Media To Teach My Kid Self-Control?

You can use media to help strengthen kids’ self-control by setting appropriate media limits (with their input), finding media that…

Talking to teens about sexual harassment HipLatina

How To Talk About Sexual Harassment With Tweens and Teens

Groping. Grabbing. Lewd talk. These are not words any parent wants their kids to associate with sex. But tweens and teens are getting…

Cyberbullying HipLatina

This May Not Be Cyberbullying But Can Be As Harmful

A student sees a group of girls coming toward her in the hallway. One has been her best friend since…

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