Educated, not Scared
Nice use of Oompa Loompas to make a point! (As it turns out, my son and I were just listening to audio version of this the other day and that ode to Mike Teevee does rise to the surface but I saw it more as a way to encourage books, but maybe that is just one way of looking at it.).
While you take a fair stab at Common Sense Media for its theme of the dangers of media on children, I guess I see it a bit differently. As a parent and teacher, I actually appreciate some of the messages that come my way via Common Sense, although I filter out a lot (and I suppose I do that filtering because some if it is a bit too weighted and biased, so maybe your point is made).
What I want as a parent is information. What I want as a teacher is my students to be informed. Finding that balance at both home and school is a challenge. The more information I can have on hand to make educated decisions for myself, my sons, and my students, the better off I am.
For example, the proliferation of advertising (free apps! Yeah, I don't think so. Nothing is free) worries me considerably, and I find myself being as vigilant as I can be when it comes to the sites and apps that my children/students do use. I'm a gatekeeper of a sort, and I need to know what I don't know.
I do agree that the alarm bells that resonate can become too shrill, and the idea of "addiction" and "danger" reminds me of the movement to ban comics. Wasn't successful. That kind of overarching authority almost never works. What kids need is help understanding when they are the target of advertising, or why playing outside is as valuable as playing that video game, why words spoken in person can take on new meaning when written from afar, and more.
Thanks for sharing the piece. You give us a lot to think about.