For parents of 3-to-8-
Send a text message with the word "kids" to 21555 from your cellphone
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Receive free text message tips about how to practice healthy
media habits at home with your family!
This is a FREE program from Common Sense.
Message and data rates from your mobile provider may apply.
For more info on privacy, data, & conditions, click here.
Family Engagement Tools
Schools, early learning centers, and community centers!
Please help us spread the word in your schools and communities. Find below electronic files of the marketing materials so you can print them or promote them on your websites and social media. We appreciate your partnership.
Common Sense Recognition Program
Elementary schools! Distributing Tech Balance materials to families counts as one parent engagement activity toward earning recognition as a Common Sense Educator or School. Go here for more information about the Common Sense Recognition Program.
Download or print these materials to help spread the word:
Hang in your service center, classroom, or lobby to inform families.
Print and distribute to students, families, and caregivers.
Add to your email newsletter or website to promote to your community.
Post on your social channels and share with your audience and followers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I receive?
Participants will receive text message tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home with their family.
- How to find (and keep!) a healthy balance of media and technology at home.
- Advice for managing screen time and setting limits with your kids.
- Expert recommendations for quality, age-appropriate content your kids will love.
- Tips for talking and interacting with your kids about what they see online.
How often will I receive text messages?
You can expect 2 to 3 messages a week. Occasionally, we'll send you a quick poll or quiz of three questions. These polls and quizzes will help us gain insight and feedback from participants so that we can improve the content we send you.
How much does it cost?
It is absolutely FREE to sign up for this program. However, text message charges from your mobile provider may apply; please check your plan. If your plan includes unlimited text messages, you're good to go.
Is it available in Spanish and English?
Yes, you can choose to receive the messages in English or in Spanish.
Can I refer my friends to sign up?
Definitely! Please help enroll your friends, in-laws, neighbors, and other parents at school.
Can I quit at any time?
You can choose to stop participating at any time. Just text the word “stop” or “pause” to 21555.
Will my phone number or information be shared?
Never. We will not share your phone number or information with any other third parties. We value your privacy.
What is the enrollment questionnaire? Why do I need to complete it?
When you first enroll in Tech Balance, you'll be asked the six questions below. Common Sense launched the Tech Balance campaign in an effort to make our resources, tips, research, and advice more accessible to all families. We ask these initial questions to gain a better understanding of who is enrolling in the text message program, from where, and why. It also tells us how people hear about the campaign so we can allocate our marketing efforts efficiently.
- What's your primary reason for signing up for Tech Balance?
- For what age child would you like to receive tips and advice?
- What is your ZIP code?
- Which best describes your annual household income?
- How did you learn about Tech Balance?
- Had you heard of Common Sense before starting Tech Balance?
About the Participant Survey
2019 Survey – Thank you to the participants who completed the pre- and post- surveys. For now, we have discontinued this 12-week survey.
2020 Survey – We would love to learn how we can improve Tech Balance and find out how it has helped the families that are subscribed! During summer 2020, all participants will be invited to complete a voluntary Participant Survey that we will be conducting. The survey is nine questions long and should only take a few minutes to complete. It is optional and participants will be asked if they would like to participate. By conducting this survey, we will gather information on the following: program appeal, areas for improvement, desired topic areas, parents' perceptions of the program's impact.
This survey will NOT be used to collect names, addresses, or any other personal information.
The feedback and data collected from this survey will be used solely to:
Improve the program. The feedback from this survey will help us improve the program, including the content, topics, images, polls, and links to videos that we send to the participants.
Promote the program. The feedback and highlights of the survey will help us market the program, expand it, and reach more families nationwide with information and free resources.
Share with funders. The results of this survey will help secure funding for this free program to expand it, market it nationwide, and create more content that is relevant to parents and families.
About the Enrollment Questionnaire – When you first enroll in Tech Balance, you'll be asked the six questions below. Common Sense launched the Tech Balance campaign in an effort to make our resources, tips, research, and advice more accessible to all families. We ask these initial questions to gain a better understanding of who is enrolling in the program, from where, and why. It also tells us how people hear about the campaign so we can allocate our marketing efforts efficiently.
What's your primary reason for signing up for Tech Balance?
For what age child would you like to receive tips and advice?
What's your ZIP code?
Which best describes your annual household income?
How did you learn about Tech Balance?
Had you heard of Common Sense before starting Tech Balance?
About Data and Privacy
The only personal information we collect from participants is phone numbers. We also collect ZIP codes. We need a phone number to send text messages, and we ask for ZIP codes to know where our participants are so we can assess and understand interest nationwide as well as determine the time of day texts are sent out (based on time zone).
We do not collect names, addresses, or any other personal information from participants.
Common Sense is the owner and manager of the Tech Balance text-messaging program, and we work with Community Connect Labs to disperse the text message content to participants. However, CCL cannot use any of the information for any other purposes. Please visit Community Connect Labs for their Privacy Guidelines and their Terms and Conditions.