Maple Grove Parent Presentation Links and Resources, Jan. 23


  1. Screen time
  2. Children socializing online
  3. Sexual health online
  4. Two parenting strategies
    1. Parental Controls
    2. Family Media Use Agreements
  5. Values-based conversations about Online Conduct

Why the Best Parental Control Is You : Instead of flipping a switch, be the voice in their head. by Christine Elgersma 4/11/2018

Forget Screen Time Rules : Lean In to Parenting Your Wired Child, says author Ryan Johnson for NPR

Children’s screen time surged during a pandemic: study

Children spent triple the recommended screen time during a pandemic: Ontario study

School’s out: Parenting stress and screen time use in school-age children during the COVID-19 pandemic. December 2021

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse : NPR, November 19, 2016

Nicholas Kardaras, addictions expert and author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids. Cited from Winnipeg CTV News, by Beth Macdonell, Feb. 16, 2017

The Age Of Distraction? What Do We Know About Attention During Adolescence?

Canadian Paediatric Association (Screen time recommendations 2022)

American Paediatric Association (Screen time recommendations 2020)


  • Set Screen Time Limits
  • Have Tech-Free Zones at Home

Police: Stop posting pictures of your kids on social media

Joe Rogan explains why TikTok in China is ‘better’ than the US

Tiktok Algorithm: Why It Isn’t Really A Social Media App

8 Pros and Cons of TikTok On Kids’ Mental Health

Investigation: Does TikTok have a bad effect on kids’ mental health? 

Age restrictions on social media

Top mobile gaming apps US, Feb. 2020

Parent’s Guide Game Ratings 

CommonSense Media Game Reviews

Positive Games

Jane McGongial : Gaming Can Make a Better World

Is Your Child Ready To Own A Device?

Wait Until 8th Online Campaign


  • Use Age Ratings for apps and games to decide if your children are ready
  • Control the router in your home

Sexual Health Online

Great Porn Experiment : Outline effects on the sexual health of viewing online pornography, Gary Wilson, TED Talk, 2012

One in 10 visitors of porn sites is under 10 years old, September 20, 2016


  • Use parental controls for young children
  • Provide 7 to 10-year-olds with inoculating experiences; scripts, role play or stories. Get ahead of the issue.
  • Inform pre-teens clearly of the legal consequences of sexting. Make sure they know how to report issues.
  • Be or provide reputable, reliable information about sex and sexual health.
  • Share your values views and concerns with your children, tweens and teens.

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, by Kristen A Jenson (author), Gail Poyner (author), Debbie Fox (illustrator)

Pandora’s Box Is Open Now What Do I Do?: A Parent’s Guide for Helping Children Who Have Been Exposed to Pornography

Canadian Legalities of Sexting

Offer sexting safety tips

Reputable Sexual Health Info Online

What’s a Boner? Facts about Boners and Puberty for Guys

The Walrus, Sex Ed: Beyond the Classroom 

Porn: Fact or Fiction

Truth About Porn 



Everything You Need to Know About Parental Controls

See the Screentime webpage by CommonSense Media

Apple’s Families : Features

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok- Tik Tok Parental Controls 

YouTube Kids!


MediaSmarts (CA): Family Online Agreement

Family Media Plan

ChildNet Family Agreement

How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

4 Family Media Agreement Printables For Your Electronics

Childnet, Printed version of our SMART rules for primary-aged children

PREVnet for Parents: Cyber Tool to teach your kids to be safe and ethical online

Webby Awards

Zoe and Molly cartoon

Watch the Social Dilemma (documentary on Netflix)

How to end screen time without a struggle