Common Sense Media

What is Common Sense Media?

You know your kids. We know media and tech.
Together we can build a digital world where our kids can thrive.
Families and teachers everywhere trust Common Sense for expert reviews, objective advice, helpful tools, and so much more.

Your trusted guide for a fast-changing world.
Media and technology are at the center of kids’ lives every day. From a very young age, kids use technology at home and at school to connect with friends and family and to document their lives and create digital content of their own. With more and more of life happening online, what catches kids’ attention isn’t always what’s best for them, and what companies do with their personal information isn’t always clear.

Independent. Nonprofit. Research backed.
Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we’re building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.

Healthy, happy kids—no matter what the future holds.
Our mission to ensure digital well-being for kids everywhere has never been more vital than it is today. See our story.

Here’s how we do it:

Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Our timely parenting advice supports families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age. Learn how we rate and review and see our founding editors’ 10 Beliefs. Our vision: Families taking charge of their digital choices.

Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. Schools everywhere rely on our free curriculum, expert advice, and edtech ratings to help kids thrive. Our vision: Students thriving as learners, leaders, and citizens in the digital age.

Common Sense Kids Action partners with policymakers, business leaders, and other advocates to ensure that all kids have the opportunity to succeed. Our advocacy platform highlights legislation related to technology to keep parents and educators informed. We identify solutions for digital well-being and champion legislation that supports the youngest and most vulnerable users: kids. Our vision: Technology that works to support families and society.

Our programs:

Research Program: Leading the way with original research reports.
The Common Sense Research Program provides unique, data-driven insights into families’ and educators’ experiences with media and technology. Our original research reports provide reliable, independent data on the impact of media and tech use on kids’ physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.

Latino Program: Creating culturally relevant content for Spanish-speaking families.
The Common Sense Latino Program blends culture and language to connect with Spanish-speaking families and respond to their unique media and technology needs, empowering families to navigate the digital world with confidence. Today, we have an engaged and growing Latino community online and offline.

Privacy Program: Supporting a more secure digital future for kids everywhere.

The Common Sense Privacy Program evaluates popular applications and edtech products so parents and educators can make informed choices about the media and tech they use with kids and so schools and districts can participate in evaluating the technology used in K–12 classrooms.

Digital Citizenship Program: Helping students take ownership of their digital lives.
The Common Sense Digital Citizenship Program addresses top concerns for schools and educators, prepares students to make smart choices online and in life, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages the whole community through family outreach.

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