Common Sense Media believes in strong partnerships between home and school. That's why we've designed a FREE program to help parents and caregivers navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids' social, emotional, and intellectual development: Educate Families. Using resources based on our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, educators and parents, together, can empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and life -- both in the classroom and at home.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Use this Outreach Kit, a collection of turnkey resources (flyers, quiz, presentations & scripts in English and Spanish), to reach out to families about the digital world and how kids engage in it.
Spark a conversation about current topics around parenting and media use with these Advice Videos. Filter your search by topic to find videos (in English or in Spanish) that best address your community’s needs.
Provide advice about current issues related to the age-appropriate topics we address in our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum with our actionable Family Tip Sheets, available in both English and Spanish.
- Share Family Resources
Encourage families to discuss expectations for media and technology use at home with our Family Media Agreements (also available in Spanish), establish guidelines for responsible device care using our Customizable Device Contract (available in Spanish) and discover the best learning products through Learning Ratings.
- Keep Families In-the-Know
Connect your families to Making Sense, Common Sense Media’s blog full of expert advice and common sense ideas about parenting, media, and everything in between. Embed the Blog Widget or include the link, the RSS feed, or content snippets in your weekly newsletters, school website, or within any other communication method you use with families.