Common Sense Media – Great Resource for Educators & Parents!

Many parents struggle with their children and the internet. What is appropriate for my child? What should they be learning to do on the internet? What is dangerous? Should they have a Facebook or a Twitter?

A great, non-profit website Common Sense Media helps parents to understand the new digital world of their children and helps them to provide appropriate guidance and support. Their stated mission and beliefs:

Our Mission

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Our 10 Beliefs

  1. We believe in media sanity, not censorship.
  2. We believe that media has truly become “the other parent” in our kids’ lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.
  3. We believe in teaching our kids to be savvy, respectful and responsible media interpreters, creators, and communicators.  We can’t cover their eyes but we can teach them to see.
  4. We believe parents should have a choice and a voice about the media our kids consume and create. Every family is different but all need information.
  5. We believe that the price for free and open media is a bit of extra homework for families. Parents need to know about the media their kids use and need to teach responsible, ethical behavior as well as manage overall media use.
  6. We believe that through informed decision making, we can improve the media landscape one decision at a time.
  7. We believe appropriate regulations about right time, right place, and right manner exist. They need to be upheld by our elected and appointed leaders.
  8. We believe in age-appropriate media and that the media industry needs to act responsibly as it creates and markets content for each audience.
  9. We believe ratings systems should be independent and transparent for all media.
  10. We believe in diversity of programming and media ownership.

4 thoughts on “Common Sense Media – Great Resource for Educators & Parents!

  1. mrscaptainamerica13

    I use Common Sense Media with my 5th-9th grade tech classes. I LOVE it. I find that the younger grades take really well to it, while my 9th graders have the attitude that they already know all there is to know on the topic (I assure you, they don’t). Anyway, a great FREE resource– definitely worth checking out!

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      Thanks for the comment Mrs. capt’n America! I have friends and colleagues tell me that they use it to determine what’s okay for their kiddos to watch (you know, if you’re not up to a two hour film-a-thon). It really is fabulous.

  2. Computer Repair

    Love the article… I recommend Common Sense Media to customers/clients. A couple others I love to help find good media are

    Children’s Technology Review ( has been studying children’s interactive media products since 1985. They provide ratings on products and applications in a similar way to Consumer Reports – extensive road testing and set criteria is used to evaluate each product they review. Like Consumer Reports, it’s a fee-for-service: $30 per year for a monthly PDF newsletter emailed to you.

    OK ( covers all-things movies. Movies are rated by users, so the data is pooled into the rating system that then gives an age range (OK for 6+, for example) and also a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” denoting if the movie is worth your time.


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