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Blogger Spotlight: Common Sense Media

Thursday, December 5th, 2013


Ingrid Simone from Common Sense Media- one of our favorite children’s media review sites- chatted with us about her site, technology, and more for this edition of the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight. See what she has to say below!

Oceanhouse Media (OM): When did you launch your website? How has it evolved since the beginning?

Ingrid Simone (IS): Common Sense Media was founded in 2003, and we launched our blog, Making Sense, in 2013. We’ve always reviewed media for kids and families, but now we also have great resources for teachers on our “Graphite” site:

OM: What is the mission or goal of your site?

IS: Our organization is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

OM: Who is the most tech savvy person in your house?
Probably my 8-year-old son. But his sister and I are no slouches.

OM: Which item of technology could you not live without?

IS: Definitely my iPhone, but I’d miss my iPad terribly if I didn’t have it.

OM: What iPhone game are you addicted to right now?

IS: Words With Friends has been a daily part of life for me for years — I’m such a wordgirl.

OM:  Which essential back to school app do you recommend for parents? Which one for kids?

IS:  Parents: Wunderlist
Kids: That’s tough…there are lots of great apps out there, and it depends on their age. For younger kids, I’d say a good book creation app can go a long way because it can be used in a variety of subject areas. Book Creator and Kid in Story are favorites. For older kids, WordFlex Touch Dictionary and Evernote are good tools.

OM: What apps are your kids using now?

IS: Minecraft Pocket Edition–both my 8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter would say it’s their favorite. They both love creating, and the open-ended nature of the app leaves them so much room to explore.

OM: Complete the sentence: My favorite thing about being a mom in the technology age is ____.

IS: Instant access to answers when my kids stump me with their questions.

OM: If you were a butterfly, what colors would your wings be?

IS: Blue, purple, and magenta.

OM:  If you were gifted the ability to fly for one day, where’s the first place you’d go?

IS: I’d fly to the Amazon rainforest to hang out with my tropical butterfly friends.

Thank you very much to Ingrid for participating in the Blogger Spotlight! Be sure to take a peek at Common Sense Media for trustworthy reviews of children’s movies, games, apps, & more.

More Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlights:
Anne and Jayne of Teachers with Apps
Melissa Northway
Christie Dwyer of The Appy Ladies
Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime
Shannon Des Roches of Squidalicious
Mary Mahon of the iMums