Children and Media

Exposure to educational television has been shown to have positive effects on the social, intellectual, and educational development of children. Is it possible to find truly educational content on broadcast television? Articles below deal with 1) television broadcasters' obligation to provide educational programming for children, 2) efforts to shield children from indecenct programming, 3) advertising aimed at children and 4) children and violence.

Report Reveals Surprising Data About Mobile Broadband Usage in Schools

A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing scho

2019 Horizon Report -- Higher Education Edition

This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology for higher education.

The real digital divide isn’t about access to the Internet

The “digital divide” commonly refers to the question of who has access to the Internet, but at least when it comes to race and income, that gap is pretty insignificant.

The Internet’s Enduring Free Speech Legacy

Over 20 years ago, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American CivilLiberties Union (ACLU), which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

When the ‘homework gap’ hits home: How rural PA students learn with limited broadband

Almost 340,000 youths in Pennsylvania who do not have access to a reliable broadband connection. At Penns Valley Area High School (PA), where at least 8% of students have only dial-up internet access at home, many teachers don’t assign internet-ba

Cable access channels jeopardized by FCC

In an innocuous-sounding "rule change" to the Communications Act of 1984, the Federal Communications Commission would allow cable providers to deduct "in-kind" services from a local franchise fee to municipalities required by the Act, specifically

Senator Markey proposes bill to protect children from internet danger

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) announced that he is proposing new legislation to protect children from the dangers of the internet. The bill, called the Kids Internet Design and Safety (KIDS) Act, lays out six areas for new regulation:


Common Sense Media

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:00 to 17:00


9:15 a.m.: Welcome 

9:30–10 a.m.: Opening Remarks

Hon. Ed Markey, U.S. senator of Massachusetts

10–10:45 a.m.: Staying Connected: Tech and Social Relationships

Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States

 in conversation with James P. Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense

10:45–11 a.m.: Break

11–11:15 a.m.: Enforcing COPPA: Are We Protecting Kids' Privacy?

Apple teams with media literacy programs in the US and Europe

Apple announced a new initiative in support of leading nonprofit organizations in the US and Europe that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs.

Sens Markey, Hawley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Update Children’s Online Privacy Rules

With increased tracking of children and teens online and the collection their personal data a widespread practice, Sens Ed Markey (D-MA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced legislation to update children’s online privacy rules for the 21st century.