Last updated: October 21, 2020
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small data file stored on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or similar device (a "device") to identify you as a previous visitor to the Services which may help us to personalize your experience when you arrive or to do other important things (such as keep our network secure). These cookies are invisible to you, and any portion of our Services may contain them.
What is a web beacon?
A web beacon is a small piece of data embedded with images on pages of the Services or in emails, which allow us to collect information such as the number of users that have visited a web page or opened an email. We use web beacons to measure the effectiveness of our content and campaigns and how visitors use our Services. This allows us to learn what pages are most attractive to our visitors, which parts of our Services are the most interesting and what kind of offers our visitors like to see.
Cookies and similar other technologies
How do I control cookies?
If you want to change your cookie settings, including providing or withdrawing consent to any unnecessary cookies, you can do so at any time by by clicking on the "Cookie settings" link at the bottom of the Common Sense site you are visiting. As described more below, we have two websites and cookies are managed on each separately.
You can also exercise cookie options in a browser, including removing previously placed cookies or changing your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie or not accept cookies generally. However, if you disable this function, you will not be able to use some of the features on our Services. To learn more about how to control privacy settings and cookie management, click the link for your browser below.
- Edge Cookie Settings
- Firefox Cookie Settings
- Chrome Cookie Settings
- Internet Explorer Cookie Settings
- Clear Cookies
- Safari Cookie Settings
What are the different types of cookies?
Persistent vs. session cookies
Session cookies. These are only stored for the duration of your visit to our website and are deleted from your device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies. These are saved on your device for a fixed period of time after the browser has closed. They may continue to be used where we or a third party need to identify you for a subsequent browsing session. The longest fixed time period for any 'persistent' cookies may be up to two (2) years.
First and third party cookies
First party cookies. These are set on your device by our website.
Third party cookies.These are cookies that are used within our Services, which are set by organizations other than us. These include cookies from external analytics services which help us to understand the use of our Services.
What categories of cookie and similar technologies do we use?
Depending on the type of account you have (e.g., Adult, Teen, or Child), and whether you are logged-in to that account or not, or are a Plus subscriber, we may use all or some of the following first and third-party cookies. Our Cookie preference center (available at CommonSenseMedia.org Cookie List and CommonSense.org Cookie List) has the most up-to-date information. Please note that for European users, only necessary cookies are enabled by default:
Analytics Cookies. These cookies allow us to collect information about patterns of behavior among people using the site. Analytics cookies allow us to count site visits and understand traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. We do not use these cookies when Teens or Children are logged in to their accounts on the site.
Our Education and Media Sites
We currently operate two different websites with very similar branding:
- CommonSenseMedia.org – where we provide age-appropriate ratings for various types of media (e.g, books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps etc) and promote and make available our advocacy, research, and other work.
- CommonSense.org – for educators, where we promote and make available our non-profit educational activities as well as our privacy program and its ed tech evaluations.
Despite looking similar, these websites actually run off different systems – this means that decisions you make regarding your management of cookies on one of these websites, will not affect what happens on the other website. If you want to keep your preferences the same, you will have to actively align your decisions having accessed our Cookie Preference Center via each website separately at the links on the bottom of that site’s pages.