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Watch Out! Classic Movies With Offensive Racial Stereotypes

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Storytellers have always relied on stereotypes as a shorthand way of explaining characters. But as we all know, stereotypes are a delicate matter. They can bolster negative perceptions, justify prejudice and reinforce unsympathetic views about particular groups.

Safe Movie Watching Guidelines For Children

Andrea Nair | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Andrea Nair

Movies can create an environment for family relaxation, snuggles, and great conversations, but they can also be the fodder for nightmares.

Interstellar Science: 'That's Relativity'

Jeffrey Bennett | Posted 01.11.2015 | Science
Jeffrey Bennett

Have you seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yet? It's generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie, the science focuses around Einstein's theory of relativity. As the author of a new book about that theory, I thought I should weigh in on the movie.

How Watching Sex And Violence In Movies May Desensitize Parents

Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:54pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Parents may get so accustomed to seeing sex and violence in movies a...

Why Movies Are Teaching My Kid More Than I Am

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I suppose this cinema-driven loss of innocence has been going on for generations. My mom still recounts my tears upon seeing Bambi's mother get shot, or my grief over the strained friendship between Tod and Copper in The Fox and the Hound.

Whatever happened to G-Rated Movies for Kids?

Vincent Daly | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

How can parents collectively wield their economic power to sway movie studios and the toy industry alike to change their ways?

40 Movies You Might Regret Showing Your Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Watch with your kids, and be ready to pause the movie to talk about why a scene was sad, scary or strange. And don't forget that, with the right context, facing "blindside" moments as a family can be important in helping kids develop a solid foundation for coping with life's inevitable ups and downs.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Kid's First Trip to the Movies

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If you have little kids, you have to put a bit more thought into a visit to the multiplex, especially the first time you go. Here are some tips for making the first venture to the theater a success.

Is Your Kid Allergic to Media?

Dr. G | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Dr. G

Until they make an Epi-Pen that can counter dangerous behavior and cure bad attitudes, we're going to have to watch out for signs that our kids have media allergies.

Why Kids Should (Or Shouldn't) See The Croods

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

You'll do better with this film if you don't think about it as offering meaningful messages at all. As entertainment, the film is a rip-snorting barn-burner.

A Parent's Guide to Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful

Kristen Howerton | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I believe this movie could spark some incredible conversations between children and parents about morality, ethics, and human behavior.

11 New Movies for Kids and Teens

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Who says summer is the only time for movie blockbusters? Box office-wise, March and April look nearly as exciting as May through August. No matter how old your kids are, our sneak peeks will help you decide whether these high-profile movies will be appropriate for your family.

12 Winter Break Movies for Kids of All Ages

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

When it's cold and dark outside and the kids need something to do, try one of our favorite winter break movies. Rally the whole family for a family movie night. Add a hot beverage and a few blankets to the mix and you'll never want to leave your couch!

A Guide to Family Movies That Could Traumatize Your Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether you're blindsided because a movie's ads conveniently "forgot" to mention that there was sad stuff amid the kid-friendly comedy or because you just didn't know that a certain plot twist was coming, you still have to deal with the aftermath. These tips will help:

A Parent's Guide to Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Kristen Howerton | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is not a kid's film that adults will tolerate, nor is it an adult film that children might sit through. It reminded me of Disney's Sunday Night Movies I watched with my parents as a child.

14 Movies Adapted from Books that Your Kids Will Love

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

While not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans' imagination, the ones on this list are almost as good on the screen as they were on the page.

Best Sleepover Movies for Kids of All Ages

Common Sense Media | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether you have tweens who are new to the sleepover scene or veteran teen overnighters, this list of 15 great sleepover movie picks is sure to get the night off to a great start.

A Parent's Guide To 'Brave'

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I'm thrilled that Disney has given us a princess with two engaged parents and a lot of spunk. She's a fantastic role model for young girls.

Why It's a Wonderful Life Is Such an Important Film for Parents and Kids

Mark Redmond | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Mark Redmond

Even if you've seen It's a Wonderful Life once or many times before, see it again, with your children. You won't regret it; nor will they.

Top Movie Picks for Kids

Anita Tedaldi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anita Tedaldi

With family films pulling in a lot of money, we can expect to see attention paid to high-quality family entertainment. Here's a list of the best and worst movies for kids in recent years.