Common Sense Media rates children's media

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Common Sense Media rates children's media

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Well, a common sense media, we believe that the media that kids create and consume profoundly affects their social, emotional and cognitive development. We rely on the developmental criteria for some of the nation's leading childhood development experts to determine what activities and content are appropriate for every age and stage. That said, we also recognize that children grow and mature at different rates and we believe that while our age based ratings and reviews are a guide, parents are the ultimate authority and what's age appropriate for their kids. We take a look at all of the sort of hot button issues that parents may be concerned about, whether or not the piece of media has a high level of violence, sexual content, negative role models, but we're also looking at some of the positive aspects of media, what types of messages they're sending out, what can kids learn from the media, so we really try and give parents a well-rounded view of what's contained in that media, so they can make good decisions for their kids.

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Caroline Knorr

Parenting Editor, Common Sense Media

As Common Sense Media's parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids' media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you're wondering "what’s the right age for…?", Caroline can help you make the decision that works best for your family. She has more than 20 years of editorial and creative marketing writing experience and has held senior-level positions at Walmart.com, Walmart stores, Cnet, and Bay Area Parent magazine. She specializes in translating complex information into bite-sized chunks to help families make informed choices about what their kids watch, play, read, and do. And she's the proud mom of a teenage son whose media passions include Star Wars, StarCraft, graphic novels, and the radio program This American Life

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