Being relatively new to using online resources, I was very interested to learn about this aspect of the Common Sense website. I had used videos from the website previously with age appropriate students but did not explore the ratings section of the website. I think I will find this useful in the future as I plan out quests for my students.
I do agree mostly with what Common Sense had to say. I liked the way it tied in more than just sex, violence and profanity in the ratings. I will need to examine resources more closely to see if I agree with the ratings completely. I do think we need to use our own common sense when choosing resources for our students. We should try to know them and discover their developmental age to best know what type of video and games would be most appropriate for them.
In the future, I will check out resources I wish to use with a few rating systems to try to make informed decisions concerning the resources I use in class.
I absolutely agree with the age guidelines I looked at for ages 6 - 12, and that's one of the reasons I've trusted CommonSense Media and have recommended it to parents for years. I've used it often as a quick overview for resources I get suggested to me. The way the guidelines are broken down into different focus areas has been very helpful since there are some aspects of certain media that I may not have considered. Still, it's important to notify parents if you use media or sites that may contain sensitive material so that parents can be prepared to have conversations about it at home. I'll continue to these guidelines in the future.
I agree with the ratings and would even add that as a parent as well as a teacher I am even more stringent with what is considered appropriate in the classroom. However, what I appreciate is that this Common Sense site is a great starter resources when looking for items to introduce and use in the classroom.