Common Sense Applauds President Obama for Addressing Important Kids and Family Issues in his State of the Union

Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

San Francisco, CA – Common Sense Media CEO and Founder Jim Steyer issued the following comment on President's Obama's State of the Union Address. Common Sense Media is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology.

"The President clearly has many difficult issues to manage, but in our opinion, kids have to be our country's number one priority. The fact is, investing in a solid foundation now for our children's education and well-being will pay enormous dividends to our economy and the overall strength of our nation. That is why we are very pleased and grateful that the President highlighted several critical issues for kids and families in his State of the Union Address tonight.

"In particular, Common Sense Media strongly supports several policies called for by the President to help low and middle income families raising young children, including additional help for child care and for early childhood education. And, we fully endorse the President's support for providing every student with digital learning tools and the privacy protections that must come with them.

"The President is doing what every leader at every level should do in this country – putting kids and education at the top of their agenda, from birth through college. We applaud President Obama and look forward to working with the Administration, Congress, and other leaders across the country to ensure families have what they need to provide their kids with a pathway to a bright future."

Common Sense Media helped to pass legislation in California in 2014 that the President is using as the basis for his student privacy protection legislation. Known as SOPIPA, the legislation protects students from unwanted marketing by third parties based on the data collected about them during their k-12 years. Common Sense is working now with legislators and advocates to pass the same legislation in other states.

In 2013, Common Sense Media also passed the landmark Eraser Button bill which requires websites and apps to permit users under 18 to remove their postings, and prohibits advertising of harmful products that are illegal for minors to purchase (like alcohol, tobacco, and guns) on websites and apps targeted to minors. Common Sense will also be working with other states on similar bills.

If you are interested in speaking with Mr. Steyer about the President's address, please contact Lisa Cohen at 310-395-2544 or [email protected].