CSM has written an article about the top 6 ways to be a media-savvy parent in 2009.
1. Visit an online social networking site. If you have young kids, check out Club Penguin. See what the fuss is all about. Embrace your kids' enthusiasm, but educate yourself about what goes on. For your older kids, visit Facebook or MySpace. Ask them to show you their pages.
2. Play a video game with your kid. Not one of the really gross ones -- try one of the Guitar Hero games. Or play a sports game on the Wii, or pass a football with Madden. The best way to keep kids away from violent games is to help them enjoy time with you without having to maim a living soul.