Finding Age-Appropriate Movies

Hollywood seems to be less and less kid-friendly these days, which makes finding films that are appropriate for the entire family difficult. We know how impressionable our little ones are, which is why we as parents/guardians/childcare providers do our best to screen movies before playing them on our TVs. This can be an imperfect system though, so thankful there are services, such as the highly regarded Common Sense Media, that can help!

The Solution

CSM is a nonprofit organization specifically geared towards children’s tech and media literacy. This means that the group provides guardians, educators, and policymakers with “unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools that help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.” Organizations like this are particularly important considering how much screen time kids have access to per week. The number is over fifty hours every seven days!

Why Is CSM So Good?

Based on the ratings and reviews the organization offers, we can make educated choices about what films we’re happy with our children watching. The organization’s rating system assesses movies based on age appropriateness and their learning potential. They consider positive messages, positive role models, violence, sex, language, consumerism, and the usage of alcohol, drugs, and cigarette products when reviewing films. Based on these themes, a star rating is provided. Site users can not only access CSM reviews of movies but also ones by parents and kids! After reading what CSM and other people think, we feel confident picking media for our little ones.

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This isn’t all that Common Sense Media does; the group also reviews and rates books, games, and more!

This is an unbiased, non-sponsored review of Common Sense Media. 

About Gabriele

Gabriele Simmons is three years into her Women and Gender Studies undergraduate degree. When not obsessing over comma placement Gabriele can be found doing recreational modern dance, reading fiction, and energetically volunteering. You might know her from UofT's Early Learning Centre, where she's been a casual classroom support since September 2015.
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