The folks at Common Sense Media recently released their 2010 Summer Movie Guide to help parents judge what's appropriate for their kids at the cinema. The guide is handily divided into the three summer months--June, July, August--and release dates are given along with a brief synopsis.
The best feature of the Summer Movie Guide is the easy to follow content guides, provided with the simple icons shown here. Bear in mind all must be taken with a grain of salt. You'll note they point out Toy Story 3 "might contain consumerism." What's more American than Disney! Yes, maybe consumerism, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference here in the U.S. Despite this warning, Common Sense Media calls Toy Story 3 a "perfect pick" for all ages.
Movies aren't the only things Common Sense Media monitors. See ratings for games, mobile apps, websites, television, books, and music. So if your are a parent or a teacher considering any of these media, CommonSenseMedia.org is a great starting point.
If Bees Are Few is the blog of Charles Youngs, a National Board Certified Teacher of English and Communications, department chair, 2009 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist, educational consultant to Carnegie Museum of Art, program advisor to Pearson Prentice-Hall Literature, and Fulbright Scholar. Having blogged with my students since 2003, I started this blog four years later to increase my understanding of online writing and share ideas with colleagues on the web.