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95% of US adolescents have at least one mobile device of their own


California is home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley, two power centers largely responsible for the media and technology our children consume. The COVID-19 crisis has shown the extent to which media and technology are fully integrated into every aspect of our society, from schools to social connections to the communication of public health. They are public utilities, and social safety nets. This crisis has also opened our eyes to things that may be better done online – opportunities to build platforms and networks for public good. And it has shown us there is no substitute for in-person communication and connection. CPP is dedicated to ensuring that our state’s largest industries help us meet this moment by recognizing their responsibilities and developing platforms and content for the public good.


In partnership with The Center for Humane Technology, The Child Mind Institute, and Common Sense Media, CPP is examining how new content and distribution technologies are affecting adolescent mental health. Through a review of existing research, and a series of community conversations, we bring the concerns and expertise of parents, educators, teens, and health professionals into a statewide discussion, and clarify and communicate the warning signs and best practices around media, technology, and mental health with key audiences and networks.



Teens now spend nearly 75% of their waking hours on screens since the start of COVID

1 in 6

Teens have experienced at least one form of abusive behavior online


 U.S. adolescents are heavy users of social media



CPP's Responsive Toolkits

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom kicked off a six month statewide Listening Tour consisting of intimate conversations with mothers sharing their struggles of parenting and experiences of balancing caregiving for the family, increasing household responsibilities and navigating digital reliance. These open and frank conversations provided insights for concrete tips for Responsive Toolkits. Expert pediatricians, educators, fitness trainers and mental health providers offered recommendations for topics and practical strategies parents can apply in their household.


Children's Mental Health Report

This Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report focuses on the positive and negative mental health effects of social networking, messaging, photo sharing and multiplayer gaming in young people.

Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health

"Coming of Age in an Increasingly Digital, Uncertain, and Unequal World 2020" is Common Sense's latest report tackling the adolescent mental health crisis and it's association with digital technology.


Youth4Youth iSummit 2021

The Y4Y iSummit is a catalyst for uniting, amplifying, and mobilizing youth advocates and their allies who are taking bold actions to create a healthy, more inclusive, and responsible digital world. More than 150 young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and allies are confirmed to speak on topics including digital addiction, suicide, sexual exploitation, regulation, ethical design, and the undeniable impact of Instagram on girls’ mental health. This event is free for all.