Kids and families deserve a strong foundation of understanding, skills, and support.
Before kids can experience the benefits of media and technology, they need support from the adults in their lives to set healthy habits. Our partnerships within communities and schools put our research-backed advice in the hands of parents, educators, and caregivers. Through research, we can better understand tech's effects on kids' learning and development, and explore how representation in kids' media influences their understanding of themselves, their identities, and the world. Together, we can put essential supports in place for kids' mental and physical health, learning, and development so every kid has the chance to grow up happy, healthy, and able to fully participate in the world, today and tomorrow.
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Teens and Mental Health: How Teen Girls Really Feel About Social Media
Teen girls have a complicated relationship with social media. But a new report from Common Sense looks at the platforms and features that girls like and dislike—giving us a chance to improve their experience online.
registered for the Tips by Text text message program in 2021. The program provides quick, research-backed tips in English and Spanish to help families leverage the power of media and tech for kids' learning and healthy development.
Our Campaign for America's Children helped families across the country access the $1.9 trillion made available by the Child Tax Credit, which cut childhood poverty in half.
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Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Habits and skills that give young people agency over their digital lives and help them succeed online and in life.
Public and private-sector reforms to safeguard privacy, minimize harm, and support healthy media and tech for all.
Reviews that make it easier to choose high-quality, age-appropriate, and diverse content for kids at home and in school.
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An independent voice for kids, families, and schools everywhere.
Common Sense is a nonprofit organization giving kids, families, and schools the tools to make informed choices about media and technology. Families know us for our independent, age-based reviews of movies, TV shows, books, games, and apps. Educators use our free curriculum and edtech reviews to plan lessons and integrate technology into their teaching practice. At our core, we are a children's advocacy group. We draw on original research, industry expertise, and community partnerships to advocate for laws and policies that help kids thrive.