Common Sense Media, an AAP PreK-12 Learning Group member, has launched a new advocacy initiative called Common Sense Kids Action. The goal of the initiative is to make kids and education the number one priority in the United States. In an article for the Huffington Post, Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, further explains the key issues for the initiative.
- Improving 21st-Century Education and Technology – according to the Common Sense Kids Action website, this not only includes giving every child access to a high quality education, but encompasses specific programs like modernizing the federal E-Rate program and supporting the LEAD Commission’s goals to put digital learning devices in the hands of all students by 2020.
- Providing High-Quality Early Childhood Education for All Kids – in addition to supporting federal efforts to improve access to early childhood programs, the initiative plans to launch the Right Start Commission, an early education commission in California that will bring leaders in education and business together to craft a path toward early childhood in California.
- Strengthening Online Privacy for Kids and Teens – the Common Sense-sponsored Student Online Privacy and Protection Act (SOPIPA) was passed in California in 2014.
- Reducing Child Poverty and Increasing Economic Opportunity for Young People – this area focuses on closing the digital divide in the home so that students have access to the same tools at home and school.
“Too often in recent years, our national and state priorities have reflected the bidding of the powerful and well connected,” writes Steyerin the Huffington Post. “Elected officials love to pay lip service to doing ‘right by our children,’ and they all love to have their photos taken kissing babies. But the actions of Congress, many state legislatures and many businesses rarely, if ever, put children first.”
Read “Kids Must Be Our Nation’s Top Priority,” by Jim Steyer,Huffington Post (April 26, 2015)
Learn more about Common Sense Kids Action.