Making Kids Our Nation's Top Priority

States Lead on Protecting Privacy
A year after Common Sense parents rallied for a landmark California law protecting the privacy of both adults and kids, other states around the country are now working to ensure their citizens have... read more

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Helping California's Students Navigate Their Digital Lives
California is in a pivotal moment for teachers, parents, and students to help set a global standard for teaching and learning. Two key bills to promote digital citizenship and media literacy in... read more
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Menudo, Mary Lou Retton, and "Schoolhouse Rock": Making the Case for a New Children's Television Act
Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly is a fan of Schoolhouse Rock. His recent proposal to drastically curtail the Children's Television Act of 1990 relies on the premise that overly... read more
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California Families Speak Up for Privacy
One week ago, we asked for your help. Now, the historic passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act means consumers in the state will begin to take control of their personal online data. Thanks to... read more
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Jim Steyer
CEO and Founder | Dad of four
Will the California Legislature Demand That Tech Protect Kids' Privacy?
There is great news coming out of California for families concerned about digital well-being. A new bill, co-sponsored by Common Sense, has been introduced to help protect consumers' data privacy and... read more
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Poll: "Privacy Matters" for Parents and Teens on Social Media
Feeling overwhelmed by the news about Cambridge Analytica, Alexa mishaps, and Facebook "bugs"? Common Sense and SurveyMonkey recently polled parents and teens to learn more about how families view... read more
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Congress Acts to Better Protect Kids' Privacy
By now, you've probably heard that, unlike Europe, the U.S. has no general privacy laws outside specific areas like health, education, or finance, which is largely true. But the U.S. does broadly... read more
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Privacy policy updates flooding your inbox? Here’s why.
Have you noticed an uptick in emails from all your apps? Facebook, Google, Twitter, Airbnb, Kickstarter -- the list goes on -- sending you recent updates to privacy policies and terms of service?... read more
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Maryland Focuses on Kids' Digital Health
Kids' digital well-being is about balance -- balancing the opportunities that technology offers for learning and discovery with the potential for overuse, distraction, and threats to online safety.... read more
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