Connecting Families

Connecting Families is designed to support and empower families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives.

Parent Kickoff Events

Begin your yearlong efforts by inviting your community members into the conversation. How? Host a Parent Kickoff Event. And to make it easy for you, we've outlined three options. Consider one or all three of the following:

  1. DIGITAL LIFE SURVEY:  Want an easy first step into using Common Sense’s Connecting Families program? Start with a simple survey of your school community’s daily use of and attitudes towards media and technology. Distribute our Digital Life Survey to students, parents, or students and parents. Share the results to generate a buzz and ongoing conversations about your community’s behaviors and opinions. This action will provide a solid foundation for engaging parents and school stakeholders in important conversations about technology and media.
  2. VIDEO DISCUSSION NIGHT:  Are you excited about hosting a series of Connecting Families events but are unsure where to start? The Video Discussion Night is a great first or next step in Common Sense’s Connecting Families program. Parents and caregivers are invited to drop in for a brief parent coffee, grade-level assembly, or school-wide community meeting where a short video is used to spark a dialogue. Before you know it, the conversation will be flowing. This guide is packed with everything you need to host a successful Parent Kickoff Event in your community.
  3. TEEN PANEL:  Ready to bring kids into the center of the conversation? A Teen Panel highlights the unique voices and experiences of teens in your community and is valuable to parents with kids of all ages. Use our comprehensive handbook focuses on every detail from how to select and invite panelists, to how to manage Q&A on the night of the event. We’ve also prepared a field-tested list of best questions to ask the panel so you can be sure that you’ll have a vibrant and insightful conversation. Take a look at a video clip from a Teen Panel that we hosted in New York City.