Common Sense Media, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the impact of media and entertainment on kids and families, has introduced a free media-education curriculum aimed at parents. The program—which the organization calls the first of its kind—offers resources that address parents’ questions and concerns about television, movies, the internet, gaming, and more, giving schools the tools they need to run an effective media-education program for parents and faculty. “Kids today spend more time with media than they do in school or with their parents,” said CEO and founder Jim Steyer. “Parents need help sifting through the information about media use, and they often turn to their child’s school for advice. Through the Common Sense Schools Program, Common Sense Media will help build a bridge between parents and schools to help them nurture media-smart children.” The program provides resources on more than 30 topics, including cyber bullying, virtual worlds, advertising, social networking, and the impact of media on kids’ health and development.

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