Common Sense Media publishes independent ratings and reviews for nearly everything kids want to watch, read, play, and learn. They never receive payments or other consideration for their reviews. There unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the creators or by our funders.
Because media profoundly affects our kids' social, emotional, and physical development, Common Sense Media rates media based on both age appropriateness and, for digital media, learning potential. They rely on developmental criteria from some of the nation's leading authorities to determine what content is appropriate for which ages. And research on how kids learn from media and technology informs their learning ratings. Their goal is to give you trustworthy information so that you can decide what works for your family. They know every family and every kid is different -- but all families need information to make great media choices.
Choosing the right media for your kids
Their guidelines help you understand what content isn't only age-appropriate but also developmentally appropriate for your child.