Bridgit Mendler Joins Miranda Cosgrove and the Jonas Brothers as a Common Sense Media Award Winner

The founders of the Common Sense Media Awards understand that raising kids in the era of the Internet and smartphones isn't easy. That's why for the last eight years they've been honoring a varied group who they consider to be the most influential in these high tech times.

This year the award for Role Model of the Year will go to Bridgit Mendler. The 19-year-old has risen to fame for her roles in the the Disney Channel Original Movie "Lemonade Mouth" and the series "Good Luck Charlie." She's also a recording artist, who co-wrote and performed the 2011 Disney Friends for Change anthem, "We Can Change the World."

Mendler certainly seems like a fitting role model for modern kids and hopefully she'll stay on that track. Here's a look back at past Common Sense Media Awards recipients and whether they've continued to serve as an inspiration to kids everywhere.

Miranda Cosgrove - 2011

Last year "iCarly's" Miranda Cosgrove was dubbed the Best Role Model in a Digital Age. Since receiving the honor the actress and singer has continued to headline the Nickelodeon show that made her a star. While she doesn't have any new music projects on the immediate horizon she will be heard voicing a character in "Despicable Me 2." And if that wasn't enough she became a Guinness World Record holder when she was declared the highest paid child actress for her $180,000 an episode salary on "iCarly."

The Jonas Brothers - 2008

Not only were the Jonas Brothers nominated for the Best New Artist Award at the Grammys in 2008, but they took home a "Onnie" that year. The trio accepted the award from the set of their show "Jonas." As Kevin said at the time, "We recognize the power of media and we do our best to use that power very wisely."

Following the win the JoBros have continued to keep their noses clean. And they've been working as hard as ever. In 2009 they released their fourth studio album "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.

They followed that up with a world tour and a return to "Camp Rock" in the 2010 sequel "The Final Jam." And they each have branched out on their own.

Kevin, the oldest sibling, married Danielle Deleasa on December 19, 2009. He played Cherub in the 2009 film "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Joe went solo with the album "Fastlife." While the record didn't get the best reviews, it didn't stop fans from turning out for his 2011 tour with Jay Sean. He's been equally busy in his personal life where he's been tied to Taylor Swift, Camilla Belle and Ashley Greene over the last few years.

Nick started a band with musicians from The New Power Generation called Nick Jonas and the Administration. He also took to the Broadway Stage playing J. Pierpont Finch in the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Avril Lavigne - 2008

Avril Lavigne released her debut record, "Let Go," when she was just 17 years old. The album, which featured the number one hit "Complicated," was certified four-times platinum. She followed that up with the CD's "Under My Skin."

Since receiving the Common Sense Media Award for Best Musician in 2004, Lavigne has had continued success in the music industry with the release of the albums "The Best Damn Thing" and "Goodbye Lullaby" and number one singles like "Girlfriend" and "When You're Gone." She's also started acting in films like "Fast Food Nation." Plus she's branched out into the fashion world with a clothing line called Abbey Dawn and the perfumes Black Star and Forbidden Rose.

Lavigne seems to have only one big misstep in her recent past. In 2006 she married her boyfriend, Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley, but the marriage only lasted a little over three years.

Elmo - 2004

In 2004 Elmo became the youngest entertainer in history to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized by Common Sense Media for "a career dedicated to making television an educational resource for kids around the world."

The three-and-a-half-year-old Muppet monster hasn't slowed down since receiving the prestigious honor. In fact he's logged another 53 credits including his ongoing role on "Sesame Street" and appearances on "Top Chef," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Plus the man behind the Muppet, Kevin Clash, was the subject to a feature length documentary, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey."

"Good Luck, Charlie" returns on Sunday, May 6 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on the Disney Channel.

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