by Kristie Burk
When people ask me about my favorite website as a parent, I almost always answer Common Sense Media. Before my children watch a movie, download an app, or play a video game, I like to consult this site (and/or use the app). When my eleven-year old son wants to download an app to his iPhone, he knows that he has to check the age rating on Common Sense Media first. For example, he knows that Minecraft has an age rating of “8,” so I’ll probably approve it. However, Common Sense Media gives Meerkat an age of “17,” so he knows not to even bother to ask about that one!
In addition to the age ratings, Common Sense Media will rate the app on ease of play; violence; sex; language; consumerism; drinking, drugs, & smoking; and privacy & safety. You can even drill down to get more specific details in each category.
There are some other great uses for Common Sense Media and Technology for Educators as well:
1. Find the best websites, apps, and games, rated for learning by educators and mapped to standards.
2. Access free K-12 curriculum to teach students digital responsibility.
3. Look at plans to implement 1:1 into your classroom.
4. Access professional development materials.
Do you use Common Sense Media and, if so, how? Let us know at dtowntechchat.wordpress.com.