I recently wanted to find a movie for our family’s first “movie night” at home and was a bit overwhelmed by all the options. As a parent, it’s impossible to preview every single book, movie or tv show your child wants to consume (especially if you have more than one kid!). Finding age-appropriate books and movies can be daunting.
Common Sense Media is a great resource for helping determine what materials are right for your family. This rich resource offers reviews of books, music, movies, apps, games, and more. They are a nonprofit, independent organization “dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology”.
There is an easy-to-use search box in the upper right corner- just enter the title of the book, movie, etc and choose from the list. For each entry, there is a brief summary and review as well as “what parents need to know”, an age appropriateness rating and discussion of content (things like violence, positive role models, consumerism, language, substance use). There’s a place to read both parent and kid reviews and a list of questions to discuss with your kids.
Check out the “Best Movies” for Kids page, categorized by age group and genre. They also offer other “Best of” lists, such as music, books, apps, games, etc. I love that you can narrow down searches by age. Finally, here are some recommendations for the preschoolers in your life.