Have you ever wondered what the suitability of the films, TV programs and computer games we expose our children to actually is? Our children are individuals with unique combinations of interests, fears, worries, emotional make up etc. I really believe in our children watching what is suitable for their age and personality. I love and rely on the amazing parenting resource that is the website: ‘Common Sense Media’. Here is a snippet from their site:
“We believe in sanity, not censorship”.
Achieving a healthy approach to media and technology can make a big difference in kids’ lives today. Kids who learn to use digital media wisely can accomplish amazing things — learn new skills, explore new worlds, build new ideas, and change the world. Yet every kid has different needs. As parents and educators, we know our kids best. Common Sense is here to help. We can steer you away from things that are developmentally inappropriate, and help you find the hidden gems that are right for your family and your kids.”
It tells you everything you need to know about every film, from age rating to running time. It gives you a break down of ‘What parents need to know’ and includes information like:
On the film Brave:
“Several intense sequences involve a large angry bear that attacks the main characters — which are even more so when seen in 3-D — and (possible spoiler alert) a possibly disturbing but mostly comical transformation of a mother into a bear. A moment when the mom-turned-bear temporarily forgets she’s human and growls at her daughter could upset younger kids.”
They have all sorts of categories of films including: Movies that inspire kids to change the world, Movies that inspire courage, TV that’s good for girls, Great role models for boys, not: “to be a man, you must be intimidating, stoic, and domineering, but featuring male characters with depth, feelings, and flaws.”
We use it all the time to check what our children want to watch but also to inspire ideas of what to watch, it’s a really informative parenting resource and website that we go back to time and time again.