An educational rating system for digital content announced last May has made its debut with listings for more than 150 mobile apps, games, and websites, and several hundred more are expected to follow, according to a press release from Common Sense Media.
The system, created by the San Francisco-based watchdog group through a partnership with the Chicago-based Susan Crown Foundation, piggybacks on the group’s system of reviewing media in popular culture to determine age appropriateness and quality.
Just as current reviews of movies and video games, for example, assess levels of violence, sexual content, and language, the new reviews will also determine products’ levels of math, science, and language arts content, as well as their potential for building such skills as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. The endeavor comes partly in response to research by Common Sense Media that found parents were skeptical of digital products’ educational claims, the press release says.
The ratings will be applied both to digital media created for general consumption and to media created specifically for an educational audience.
A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as New Ed. Rating System Gauges Digital Content