Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization that provides reviews, ratings and information on media and technology for families, educators, and children. It was founded in 2003 and is based in San Francisco, California. The organization's mission is to provide "independent and age-appropriate information about the media and technology kids use."
Common Sense Media rates and reviews movies, TV shows, books, games, websites, and apps, based on their age appropriateness and their educational value. They also offer detailed information on each product, including a description of its content, as well as information on the product's educational value, positive messages, and negative aspects.
In addition to reviewing and rating media, the organization also provides resources for families and educators to help them understand and navigate the media and technology landscape. They offer a variety of resources such as advice and tips for parents, lesson plans for teachers, and a research-based social media and technology use guidelines for children of different ages.
Common Sense Media also advocates for better media and technology policies at the state and federal level, for instance for better privacy and safety for kids online, by sharing information and engaging in public policy campaigns. The organization's goal is to help families and educators make informed choices about the media and technology they use, while keeping children's best interests in mind.