For Parents

The following are excellent resources for parents of tweens/pre-teens and early teens that we highly recommend.

Media / Product ReviewsMental Health Resources for YouthParent/Family Resources at SchoolsParental Control Apps & HelpParental Support/Policies for Social Media SitesParental Support/Explicit Content Filters for Music SitesResearch

Media / Product Reviews

Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Provides objective parent-friendly reviews of media products.

Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Parent Guide
While IMDb also includes MPAA and Certification ratings from around the world, this feature gives parents and movie viewers additional information about the title that cannot be fully conveyed by certificate, since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly.

Parent Previews
Parent Previews is not your average film review site. …our main goal is to give parents an idea of what they will encounter when they take their kids to the movies.


Mental Health & Wellness Resources for Youth

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Bullying & Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention (CA Dept of Education)
Provides resources for parents, administrators, and students on how bullying can be prevented and addressed. Resources include publications, sample policies, and frequently asked questions.

Bullying Prevention (EGUSD)
The district has an extensive board policy on bullying that covers a variety of areas, including cyberbullying, bullying prevention, intervention, complaints and investigation, discipline and enforcement mechanisms.

EGUSD Psychological Services
In Elk Grove Unified School District, the fifth largest school district in the state of California with a student population of over 62,000 students, we have school psychologists assigned anywhere from two to three days a week in all 39 elementary schools, and 19 secondary schools.

Help for Parents of Troubled Teens (
While parenting a troubled teen can often seem like an impossible task, there are steps you can take to ease the stress you and your teen feel. This can significantly reduce the chaos at home and help your teen transition into a happier, more successful young adult.

How To Help Prevent Your Teen From Using Drugs And Alcohol (BluffsRehab)
Many teens who use drugs or alcohol will stop use, but addiction is still a risk. There are many ways to help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

NUSD Social Emotional Support
Natomas Unified School District is committed to meeting the social-emotional needs of all students.

SCUSD Mental Health, Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention
A variety of mental health services are available to students experiencing social or emotional difficulties that impact their health and school success. Student Support and Health Services staff provide services directly to students and families and work with a wide array of community mental health providers.

SJUSD Mental Health
The Department of Special Education at SJUSD has its own educationally related mental health team that consists of a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed and/or PPS credentialed clinical social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists.
The Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think project was initiated by Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services/ Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHHS/DBHS).

Transforming Youth Recovery
We invest in the future of our youth and families by bringing research, solution-based programs and resources to substance use disorders, transforming the pathway for lifetime recovery.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.


Parent/Family Resources at Schools

Elk Grove Unified School District

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Sacramento City Unified School District

San Juan Unified School District


Parental Control Apps & Help


Net Nanny


Parents Who Fight


Visible Internet


Parental Support for Social Media Sites

Facebook – Report a Privacy Violation

Google+ – Remove information from Google

Imgur – Safety and Standards  |  Image removal request

Instagram – Tips for Parents  |  Report a post for abuse


Microsoft Bing – Report a concern


Snapchat – Safety Center  |  Snapchat – ‘I Need Help’  |  Parents Guide to Snapchat

TikTok (was – Community Guidelines

Tumblr – Abuse

Twitter – Help Center  |  Report a child sexual exploitation issue

YouTube – Community Guidelines


Parental Support/Explicit Content Filters for Music Sites

Amazon Music – None

Apple Music

Google Play Music

iHeartRadio: The “iHeartRadio Family — Music and Radio perfect for kids” app is a kid-safe option for families with young kids.

Pandora – Explicit Content Filter: The filter is applied to the entire account, not specific stations.

SoundCloud – Reporting Content

Spotify – Explicit Content

YouTube Music – Parental Control & Settings

Additional sites/articles…

Block explicit lyrics in music subscription services (CNet)

How to limit explicit music pumping through your kids’ headphones (DeseretNews)

Is Your Explicit Image Out There? (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

The Top 8 Music-Streaming Services on Your Kids’ Radar (CommonSenseMedia)



The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens | Common Sense Media
This is a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of the full range of media and technology.

Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18
An analysis by researchers at San Diego State University and Bryn Mawr College reports that today’s teenagers are less likely to engage in adult activities like having sex and drinking alcohol than teens from older generations.

Increases in Depressive Symptoms, Suicide-Related Outcomes, and Suicide Rates Among U.S. Adolescents After 2010 and Links to Increased New Media Screen Time | Sage Journals
Adolescents who spent more time on new media (including social media and electronic devices such as smartphones) were more likely to report mental health issues…

National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults
The prevalence of depression in adolescents and young adults has increased in recent years.

Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring | Pew Research
Parents monitor their teen’s digital behavior in a number of ways, but using technical means like parental controls is less common.

Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance | Common Sense Media
Common Sense polled over 1,200 parents and teens to find out how the saturation of mobile devices in family life is playing out in homes and child-parent relationships.

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Pew Research
24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.

Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships | Pew Research
From flirting to breaking up, social media and mobile phones are woven into teens’ romantic lives.

Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development | Common Sense Media
Media that perpetuates rigid gender roles and stereotypes can affect children’s sense of self, relationships, and career aspirations.


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