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Center for Media Literacy

Information about choosing quality TV programming and movies.  Features a resource catalog, reading room, media and values department, professional development area, and information about media related issues from advertising and commercialism to visual literacy. Also available in Spanish.

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Coalition for Quality Children's Media

This website offers information on family film festivals and movies.  Parents can train to be a CACM Juror and watch and rate movies for the coalition.  Jurors keep the movies they rate.

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Comcast Parental Controls

Specific parental control information for Comcast customers, and useful links to non-profit parental controls organizations.

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Commonsense Media

Provides family-style reviews for movies, books, games, music, TV, and web sites.  Features “Top Picks.”  Sorted by genre and age category.  Also offers a newsletter, blog, resources, and a “Take Action” department.

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Commonsense Media's Website Reviews

This website reviews common website kids visit and gives ratings based on age.

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Empowering Girls--Media Literacy Resources

Links to organizations that empower girls and teach them how to be critical of the sexualizing messages they hear in the media.

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Entertainment Software Rating Board

Includes a Games Rating and Descriptor Guide, and a resources page with tips and additional parenting resources. 

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Family Style

A film guide website with recommended films for families, detailed reviews of movies currently in theaters, and movies recently released on video.  Charts violence, sex, nudity, profanity, and drugs/alcohol and goes into detail about what you can expect to see. 

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General Internet Safety Tips for Families

This articles teaches families the risks involved in using the internet such as unknowingly downloading virus attacks and having unwanted or inappropriate contact with others; and also discusses ways to be prepared for what may reach kids via the internet.

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Influence of Media Violence on Children

According to the AAP statement, exposure to and the influence of media violence directly correlates to violent behavior. 

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Internet Addiction

Information about internet addiction: warning signs, who is likely to develop an addiction, prevention and treatment, pornography on the internet, and safety guidelines.

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Media Family

With tips and facts about children and media violence, the effects of video game playing on children, and computer and video game addiction.

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Safety Tips for Cyberbullying

Learn how technology is being used to bully others and get safety tips for protecting your family.

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Safety Tips for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File-sharing Services

This article discusses the risks of kids using P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks and how to be prepared to avoid those risks.

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Safety Tips for Social Networking

This article helps families understand the risk of using social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook and teaches ways to be prepared to avoid attacks.

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Take Charge! Smart Choice for Your Cox Digital Home

A guide from Cox that shows parents how to take charge of the television, telephone, and internet content their children see at home.

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The Movie Mom

"The Movie Mom" is a blog that reviews movies and television.  This family friendly guide grades each movie or program, lists an appropriate age, reviews the movie and offers a trailer.

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The TV Boss

A flashy website that gives parents the resources they need to gain back control over the television.  Provides information about the V-chip, cable and satellite controls, how the ratings system works, how to make rules for TV viewing in your home and how to stick to them, and public service announcements to view.  Also available in Spanish.

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Tips for Parents: Are Computers Dangerous?

Tips to prevent injuries related to computer use.

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Tips for Parents: Children and Media Violence

Understand how repeated exposure to violent media has been shown to cause aggressive behavior in kids.

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