Today I want to feature an organization that is making groundbreaking progress with families and educators around the world. Rather than reword an already well thought out mission statement, I will quote straight from their site:
“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.”
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this site. The team at Common Sense is dedicated to offering advice to families and teachers regarding what types of media and technology is deemed appropriate for each age-level. My favorite aspects of the site are:
- Reviews and ratings for books, movies, video games, websites and apps
- Tips and advice for families and educators
- Online trainings
- A strong curriculum called “Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture”
I want to discuss this curriculum for a moment. “Digital Literacy and Citizenship” is a FREE curriculum that encourages families and teachers to embrace technology and media with their children, while promoting safety through the use of appropriate resources. It is a strong curriculum for many reasons. Firstly, it is clear and simple to understand – and there is even an article explaining where to start if you are not familiar with understanding the scope and sequence format of a curricular program. The curriculum is broken down by grade level and the organization has even compiled alignment charts so that families and educators can better understand how this curriculum correlates with the standards. A great way to fully understand what Common Sense Media is all about is by looking at these ten points included in their mission statement.
Here are some screen shots of their advice and reviews section.
Thanks Common Sense Media, for all you do to better the lives of our children!