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Are You OK with the Apps your Kids are Using?

Are You OK with the Apps your Kids are Using? 8/3/18Media and technology impact and profoundly affect our kids’ social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  Just thinking about it, maybe you can identify some changes you’ve noticed in your child that could be attributed to his/her media or technology use. 

Media is ubiquitous in our lives.  It is estimated that kids, on average, spend over 50 hours in screen time every week.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is now an essential skill for life and learning.

For parents and other caring adults, one of the huge challenges with media and technology is to become and stay informed.  It’s not easy.  However, it is essential so that we are well-equipped to provide wise supervision and guidance to help our kids navigate through the media jungle where they live and learn. 

The good news is:  there are tools to help us.  One source of reliable tools is the cleverly named organization, “Common Sense.”  (www.commonsensemedia.org). 

Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They provide unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help parents, teachers, and policymakers harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

The organization publishes independent, unbiased ratings and reviews for nearly everything kids want to watch, read, play, and learn. This includes ratings and reviews on apps, books, games, movies, YouTube channels, music, TV, and websites. 

Relying on criteria based in child development research, Common Sense Media evaluates age appropriateness of all of the various items they rate and review.  Additionally, when evaluating digital media, they also consider learning potential, relying on research that has studied how kids learn from media and technology.  With the accurate, reliable, trustworthy information Common Sense provides, families are equipped to make wise media choices.

As parents and others who care about kids, family, and society, we can appreciate tools that help us protect and maximize our kids’ social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  For more information, reviews, and resources, visit Common Sense at www.commonsensemedia.org.

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