I am a huge fan of Common Sense Media, and I have to say, I am grateful that they exist. Through their website and app, they help parents navigate the world of media with the intent to help children make better choices, and to develop a healthy relationship with media.
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My creative and hip mom friend, Jeanine, introduced me to Common Sense Media when she brought our group of mom friends to a dubious matinee with our then three-year-olds. My initial thought was that it had to be excellent if Jeanine and Pepper were going. Jennifer, another parent friend, stated she had heard it was too frightening and had skipped out. Another Jennifer I knew, on the other hand, had already taken her kid (barely 4). So, which Jennifer am I meant to trust as a mother?!
That’s when my spouse recommended Common Sense Media to me as a resource for making these kinds of choices. It’s ideal for determining if Nemo is too frightening (yes, it is), Desperaux is too sad (yes, it is), or Dora is too smart (no, although it drives me insane, so we skip it) for our three-year-old.
Here’s a great example from my own life: this Cars versus Cars 2 smackdown tells it like it is. Yes, I believe Cars 2 is not a suitable film for children, but you may want to get feedback from other parents, educators, and children before making a decision for your family. At the very least, you’ll know which scenes to skip and what subjects are likely to come up in discussion. With these comparative charts and comprehensive evaluations, Common Sense Media takes care of everything for you.
Find out the short and dirty facts about any TV program or movie you’re considering about putting your child in front of without having to see the whole thing beforehand. Are you actually planning to see all of these movies by yourself?!! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
What are your child’s favorite programs right now? Is there anything you thought was OK that failed the commonsensemedia.org test?
Find out what my two sons were viewing on weekdays at 5:30 p.m. with my confessional TV round-up of programs for my two boys.
Common Sense Media (CSM) has been a great resource to me and my family. I am especially thankful for their Plugged-in Parenting and Co-op Parenting sections. While I have not been able to write for them, I have written about them numerous times and still do. I also have written “tech”, “health”, and “gardening” articles for their site.. Read more about common sense media movies and let us know what you think.
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