Common Sense Media

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So your daughter’s been invited to a movie, and you have no idea whether it’s appropriate. Or your son wants to buy a new video game you’ve never heard of. How do you decide without any information? Movie trailers can be deceptive; likewise, the child who’s yearning for a new game has no incentive to tell you about the downsides. Enter Common Sense Media.

This website offers reviews of movies, books, games, apps, music, and more. It offers a suggested minimum age, along with age ratings suggested by parents and kids who use the site. The reviews include a rating of the quality of the item as well as full descriptions of what you can expect to see, hear, and experience. These are helpful when making the decision. There are even a few questions at the end to encourage discussion with your kids. While reviews are written for a secular audience, they will definitely arm you with helpful information.

Beyond reviews, the site offers advice on a multitude of media-related topics. Educators too will find information specific to their needs. Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents and teachers who find themselves navigating a dizzying array of media choices.

About the Author

Kristy Quist is Tuned In editor for The Banner and a member of Neland Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich.