Insider tips on what to read, play watch
Summer boredom should be settling in fast by now, but it can be tough to keep up with what's appropriate for kids to read, play or watch. Luckily we can get some tips from people who have already slogged through these things.
For reading, check out the Summer Reading List from the state's reading initiative called Just Read, Florida! And check out this interview by reporter Jeff Solocheck with Barbara Elzie, deputy director of the program. There's lots of resources for parents and for kids of all ages.
For movies, Yahoo Kids now has a blog called Connected Parents that includes reviews of movies that are designed to alert parents to content, from violence to language to adult themes, that parents might not be aware of based on the movie trailers. For example I know more than a few parents who wished that Toy Story's Woody wasn't constantly calling Buzz an idiot, a word many parents try to keep out of their toddler's lexicon. Common Sense Media is also a great site to bookmark for reviews of books, DVDs and books with an eye toward questionable content. Our Steve Persall's weekly Family Movie Guide is a great way to get a quick view of what's in theaters, but a more in depth review is needed when those movies come home and are viewed multiple times.
For video games, I find myself on the site What They Play almost weekly for insight into game content. My 10-year-old is even using it to so he knows not to bother asking me if he can rent Assassin's Creed from Hollywood Video because I don't think killing people is funny or a sport.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne