Common Sense Media has created a Family Media Agreement to help parents create common ground and mutual understanding with their school-aged children on staying safe and alert online. Included are 3 grade-level specific “contracts” for families to sign together to ensure that responsibility and accountability are established for children when using the internet.
These contracts recognize that media is a big part of children’s lives today, even if parents don’t necessarily understand why. These Family Media Agreements are built to strengthen trust between families and allow children to understand why their parents may be concerned about their media use instead of feeling as though their parents do not understand. Allowing children an opportunity to be held accountable for protecting their own privacy, reputation, and personal information can be the start of a solid foundation of understanding the digital world and how to use it responsibly.