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PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Quick Look: PARENTAL GUIDANCE is an excellent resource for parents trying to determine whether a video game, movie, or TV show is appropriate for viewing by their children. The channel provides a frequently-updated library of videos from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that reviews and rates video game, movies, and TV show based on their appropriateness for children of various ages.

The "Common Sense Movie Minute" videos will typically give a short rundown on the subject of the movie, and then discuss negative aspects of the movie such as violence, language, sex, and depictions of smoking, drinking and drug use. But the videos also discuss positive aspects of the film, like positive messages and positive role models. The reviews conclude with an opinion on ages for which the movie is acceptable.

Titles reviewed aren't limited to kids movies - in addition to "The Lego Movie 2" and "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" you'll find adult films like "Cold Pursuit" and "Deadpool." Once you start streaming a video, the subsequent videos will autoplay in succession. If you're looking for a specific title, however, you can access the search function from the top of the channel's home screen.

Game reviews have a similar format, explaining the theme of the game, then rating things like violence and scariness, language, and positive messages. Game reviews also conclude with an opinion on age-appropriateness.

An example Common Sense Media review is available below.


-- Information is current as of February 13, 2019

Roku Channel Store Description: A complete collection of "Common Sense Media" ratings and reviews of popular movies, games, TV shows and more. A definite go-to channel to help parents evaluate if content is age-appropriate, family friendly.

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