Common Sense Media should be your first stop as a parent or educator to review music, movies, TV, books, websites, apps and games. This web site gives reviews by describing in detail what is found, discussing quality and age relevance. Common Sense Media evaluates several categories to help everyone discern the product in question. Some categories include; positive messages and role models, violence, sex, language, consumerism, drinking, drugs and smoking. The “What parents need to know” section describes in detail what to expect with the product in question. You can also find user reviews from adults and children and teens.
For teachers, Common Sense Media has also developed free curriculum for Digital Literacy and Citizenship. The free lessons cover many categories that are important for children in this digital age including safety and cyber bullying. The lesson plans come with printable materials and online videos to use in the classroom. Digital Passport is another web site designed for educators to aid in Digital Literacy and Citizenship instruction in grades 3 - 5. Here teachers are able to create classes and accounts for student activities including games. Common Sense Media also offers online training for teachers who are teaching Digital Literacy and will send a certificate of completion that may be used to obtain professional development hours. Be sure to check with your school or district first about eligible professional development.
Families also have access to the Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum in the “Educate Families: A Home-to-School Program.”