How can we parents, teachers, and caregivers sort through the thousands of new websites, apps, books, games, and other media released weekly to make good choices for our children and students? How can we be sure that the hottest new movie is appropriate for our families or that a particular app or video game has some redeeming educational value?
It's Common Sense Media to the rescue! This organization provides free "unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools" to help parents, educators, and policymakers use media and technology in a positive way to benefit children.
Their website offers:
- A free newsletter for parents
- A parent blog
- The ability to search for reviews by age (2-18) and media type (movies, games, TV shows, books, apps, websites, music)
- Free iOS and Android apps so you can connect on your phone or tablet
- A Facebook page (CommonSenseEducators), Twitter feed, and Pinterest board
- Free classroom tools and a K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum for educators
- Graphite, a free educational rating system that helps educators discover high-quality digital tools for their classrooms
You might want to check out Common Sense Media before your next purchase of apps or video games or before your next family movie night!
Thanks to Jennifer Ehehalt, Common Sense Media representative from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, for presenting this information recently at our Riverview IU 6 Tech Integrators meeting.
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