Common Sense Media for Parents on ePals

About Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

Information and Education in a World of Media and Technology

As children spend more and more time with media and digital technology, it is important that as parents you have the information and tools you need to make informed choices for your family.??By making informed?choices,?you make will help your children develop the digital literacy skills necessary to become good digital citizens.

Each month ePals will focus on a different topic related to children and media and technology, featuring information from our partner, Common Sense Media, that will not only help you and your family navigate this world of technology, but thrive in it. Come back each month to see the latest information!

Resources from Common Sense Media

Featured Resource: Internet Safety

Did you know that kids and teens can spend up to 20 hours a month online searching the web? Or that 77% of 8-15 year olds said that they would rather give up TV than give up the internet? (Pangea Media and Y Pulse 2009). Now that you know some of the numbers get the essential advice you need to help your preteen and teen manage their online behavior. Watch this video on Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids from Common Sense Media and then get more Advice and Answers.

Want to do more?

Use email to start a conversation about privacy and posting online (recommended grades 6-12). How much internet is too much? What kinds of pictures should be posted online? When can you post something online and expect only your friends to see it? (Hint: never!) Read this list of 10 Rules of the Road for Kids and view this video on student's privacy. Then, send the links to your children in an email. Ask them which rule they think is the most important and which one surprised them the most. Use the list as a springboard to start a good conversation. Print and post the 10 Rules of the Road by your computer at home, as a reminder for the family.

More Videos, Advice and Information from Common Sense Media

Online Worlds for Young Kids
These guidelines help parents choose online games for their children.

Learn more ?


Internet Safety for Elementary Age Kids
In today's world, where kids turn to the Internet for just about all of their interests, education is a parent's first line of defense in keeping children safe.

Learn more ?


Internet Safety for High School Students
Internet safety at the high school age requires parents to stay involved to counteract some of the less desirable aspects of the Internet.

Read these tips ?


Staying Safe and Secure in a Digital World
Understand the safety and security of the digital devices your kids use, as well as the information those devices store.

Learn more ?