For Parents & Students

Since the founding of the Center for Humane Technology we’ve received many messages from struggling parents, teachers and students. Here are videos of the presentation our Head of Education, Max Stossel, gives to Students & Parents/Teachers as well as a collection of practices that people we’ve spoken with have found helpful. If you are watching one video as a family, we recommend watching the version for Students. This page is a small sample of the rich movement developing to help students, parents and teachers build healthier relationships with technology. If you know of something we should add, please tell us below, we appreciate your patience as vetting takes time.

Video for Students
(Watch time: ~45 mins)

Video for Parents & Educators
(Watch time: ~1 hour)

Download tips & tricks PDF mentioned in the videos above:

Technology Principles for Parents

In a time when technology has taken over more of our social infrastructure than ever, our Parent Guidelines gives you a set of principles that you can apply to familiar technologies as well as new ones.

Research on the Invisible Harms of Technology for Children

Our Ledger of Harms documents some of the invisible negative effects technology is having on society. It includes a specific Children section as well as a Do Unto Others section with quotes from tech leaders who are keenly aware of the impact of their products on children.

Didn’t Find What You Were Looking For?

If you’re having a problem that isn’t addressed by these materials, we’d love to hear from you so we can support you better.

Want to Recommend an Intervention or Resource?

Since smartphones and social media have changed virtually every aspect of society, we are confident there are lots of great interventions and resources for parents, students and educators that we don’t know about. Please use this form only to submit resources/interventions that you’ve personally found helpful. Your feedback helps inform our work, and we appreciate your patience as vetting new suggestions takes time.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a partner of the Center for Humane Technology. They provide many valuable resources, such as their Parents Need to Know section, which explains popular apps your children might be using and how to set controls on those apps. You can also get reviews and other information about apps/games/media your child is interacting with.