Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove, leading light of the cable network’s iCarly franchise, is the Best Role Model in a Digital Age, according to children’s content watchdog Common Sense. But she’s not the most famous of the three to be honored later in April 2011.
The honoree with the greatest name recognition would have to be former president Bill Clinton. News Corp.’s Joel I Klein is also on the list of the awarded. They join the ranks of past honorees that include George Lucas, Newt Minow and Elmo.
“This year Common Sense Media is honored to recognize a varied group of honorees who fully understand both the significant challenges and the unlimited opportunities that come with raising kids in today’s digital world,” said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media. “From leading the charge in bringing digital citizenship programs to schools, to providing realistic and responsible role models, this year’s honorees are true leaders in helping both parents and kids embrace the potential of digital media,” said James P. Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media.
Common Sense listed the honorees and the awards they are receiving at a 4/28/11New York City event, the Seventh Annual Common Sense Media Awards.
* President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership and vision on the future of digital media and its impact on kids and families.
* Joel I. Klein, CEO Educational Division, News Corp, and former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, will receive the Educator of the Year Award for bringing digital literacy and citizenship education to public schools in New York City.
* Miranda Cosgrove, actor, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, will receive the award for Best Role Model in a Digital Age, for exemplifying the creative, positive, and responsible personality of today’s digital kid.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was one of the founders of Common Sense.