The mission of Common Sense is to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  Common Sense empowers parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. 
    Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.  
    Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.  
    At Buffalo Trail, students in Kindergarten & 1st Grade receive an overview of Digital Citizenship and what it means to be a Digital Citizen.  Students in grades 2 - 5 receive instruction in Digital Citizenship through various lessons that include topics such as Safe Searching, Keeping Information Private, Plagiarism, and Cyberbullying.
    Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.  
    Check out the information Common Sense Media offers to help you talk about
    Digital Citizenship with your family. 
    And read and share the following Family Tip Sheets
    from Common Sense Media. 
      Making Sense Blog for Families

Last Modified on November 3, 2017