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#13010878 Jan 23, 2017 at 11:04 AM
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Given the existence of both the ESRB and CARA systems, I don't find the Common Sense Media Ratings to be filling a particularly large hole in the industry. I also don't appreciate the implication that other rating systems are biased or paid for. The break down by age and what is recommend is interesting but it feels like they draw a lot from somewhat flimsy science.

I do really enjoy the breakdown in ratings though. I think its a useful metric to both warn students and parents about upcoming curriculum material in a way that may help them avoid triggering issues. I know in universities more and more teachers are putting forward trigger warnings to cover similar problems.
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#13014405 Jan 24, 2017 at 07:25 PM · Edited 6 days ago
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Common Sense Media appears to be exactly what its name implies. Too often people don't use common sense when choosing media and that is where problems arise. I do like how the website categorizes the content by age and points out specific information from each category in case something is missed when previewing the content. I can use this resource to double check the media so that there are no inappropriate surprises. Like others have mentioned, these are guidelines and not the law so teachers should use discretion based on their students.
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#13019221 Jan 26, 2017 at 06:29 PM
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I thought it was interesting that these ratings are more nuanced than the traditional TV/movie ratings we're used to. They take much more than just sexual content, violence, and language into account. I liked the 'consumerism' category. It's something that I try to make my kids more aware of, so I'm glad to see it reflected in these ratings.

These ratings alter my thinking in that it makes me more aware of additional aspects of media that we may just ignore as adults.
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#13019336 Jan 26, 2017 at 07:33 PM
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I thought it made sense. I liked that it viewed sex and violence as about the same, namely that they require some explanation. I work in a relatively conservative district, and am pretty careful about showing anything sexual in nature, but am more than willing to show gore. I show the beginning of Saving Private Ryan in US History, and have yet to have anyone say anything about it. To be fair, I set it up quite a bit and it has some historical significance, and it's probably a bad idea. Either way, I thought it was a good guide that also did a good job of explaining what's going on in a kids head, and explaining why they could or couldn't handle various types of media.
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#13024069 Jan 29, 2017 at 02:28 AM
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I've referred to common sense many times as a parent. Initially just to check out a game or video that my son is interested in. But I now find it a useful source of ideas, especially for books. I'm generally comfortable with the site's idea of what content is appropriate for different levels of development. And my son is - for the moment anyway - way more of a prude about any hint of romance in a movie than common sense is.

I hadn't poked around in the eductor side of the site before. Since it's focused on K-12, there isn't much that is relevant to me, so I can't say this will impact what I develop.
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#13029898 Jan 31, 2017 at 10:32 AM · Edited 14 days ago
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Common Sense Media was an imperative resource for me last year while I was teaching technology to K-5th students. I referenced it often for lesson planning, actually used several digital citizenship lessons with my students, referred other classroom teachers to the site and used it to choose resources to create technology-based projects. As a parent, I have also used the site to research and discover appropriate media, such as educational apps for my young children. I think it's great that the site also provides developmental guidelines for every age level as well. I also very much appreciate the Special Needs content available.
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#13030201 Jan 31, 2017 at 12:41 PM
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I think that the guidelines are a good starting place for deciding on content. I was already very familiar with the guidelines and use them frequently. It was good to review.
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#13038004 Feb 03, 2017 at 12:48 PM
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I tend to agree with Common Sense's Age Appropriate Guidelines. I've used them many times to help influence my curricular decisions, or at least to get a point of view from parents and other teachers. As an Instructional Tech Coach and a Technology teacher, I'm usually always looking for things that are age, content, and curriculum appropriate.
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#13042507 Feb 05, 2017 at 12:20 PM
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I agree with the Common Sense Media Ratings system. It is a useful guide for teachers and has been especially useful for me since I taught film for many years. I think there are certain situations where you may need some flexibility (for me, this is usually with foreign films), but for the most part they are spot on.
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#13053065 Feb 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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I mostly agree with the organizations statements. I have a 17 year old son who loves to point out the rediculous nature of the movie and game ratings. I do think Common Sense does a much better job.
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#13074598 Feb 18, 2017 at 02:28 PM · Edited 2 hours ago
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I agree with commonsense media that "media profoundly affects our kids' social, emotional, and physical development". As educators it is our job to ensure that the content we use in our classroom is age appropriate. I agree with Commonsense that parents hold the end job in determine what is appropriate, so as teachers we should not try and "push the envelope". The information on their website gives me some guidelines to follow as I select media for my students. For example, if looking to show a film to a class, I can use their age appropriate guidelines to determine what films are appropriate.
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#13076456 Feb 19, 2017 at 02:28 PM
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I agree with the Common Sense approach to rating materials. I have found, over my years of teaching, that even with ratings it is still important to preview materials to make sure that there are no “surprises” when you are showing things to your students. I find that I am a bit more conservative that the students tend to be in High School… they sometimes suggest things to me, things they have watched, that I would not use in class.
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#13084097 Feb 22, 2017 at 04:25 PM
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I generally agree with the Common Sense Rating system. It seems consistent and I appreciate that it uses up-to date research to back up its guidelines for each age group.
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