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Lizzie G. F.
Nov 27, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
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Okay site for book, TV, game, app, and movie reviews. My only complaint is that they rate things for both artistic AND moral qualities (I think it's mostly artistic, though). For example, a teen drama laden with sex and bad language can have a 5-star rating because the acting was good, but a morally clean video game can have a 1-star rating just because the game's controls were hard to figure out. Also them warning parents that a show has "more girl characters than boy ones" or "old-fashioned gender roles" is completely unnecessary. I don't care how good or bad the acting is, I don't care about how well the game controls work; what I DO care about are the messages a TV show, video game, movie, book, or app is trying to tell me. And I think CSM is having trouble grasping that.
kami ni sama
Sep 10, 2016
Sep 10, 2016
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Manipulate information with extremist views.
wyattfoster276
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 30, 2016
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Great site for seeing suitability of movies for kids. Makes choosing a kid friendly movie so easy!
Xelleld
Dec 8, 2015
Dec 8, 2015
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Media watchdog that seems to love to dictate what people's kids do instead of encouraging parents to actually choose what they think is appropriate for their children. Also, their rating system seems to just restate exactly what the ESRB and MPAA say about it while saying that both of them are biased or paid off by the video game/film industry to give lower ratings to their content. Don't believe everything you read on this site, as they seem to have a bias of their own against any form of digital media, but that may just be my own suspicions and dislike for media watchdog organizations that seem to be overly sensitive. Also adds on completely inaccurate information about a game, TV show or movie so they can try to justify a higher rating.
gerome_laad
Oct 31, 2015
Oct 31, 2015
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Permet de savoir si tel film, jeux vidéo, série ou musique est adapté à cet age. Seul bémol : le site s'appuie sur des enfants américains et anglophones qui sont plus strictes que nous, donc un 15 ou un 16 équivaut à un 12 pour nous.
pcgeek1
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
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While some comments and reviews are exaggerated, overprotective, and sometimes biased, this rating system is still much more consistent and appropriate than the MPAA. In my opinion, a compromise between the two would be more suitable.
Site-rater
Oct 6, 2013
Oct 6, 2013
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The California law they helped write has been struck down by the United States Supreme Court. Due to the nature of this ruling, I have added the "Potentially illegal" tag from the new WOT service.
Idolbuzz
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
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It is a helpful and comprehensive resource. No review or recommendation covers everything but the site is very easy to navigate and does a very solid job. I trust it and find it quite helpful.
angelg5159
Feb 4, 2013
Feb 4, 2013
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Great site,user friendly,informative.
GSNmemo
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
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This is a good Website. What shows are good for kids or not good for them. So this site is good
Racingmomof5
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
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I love this resource because it makes the "no you can't watch THAT" less arbitrary.
G33kX
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
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For those who say that this site is advocating One Size fits all, you are grossly mistaken. The idea is to tell parents what kind of content is in media so they can make the best decision for their kids. Good site.
salcedowot
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
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Common Sense is a great site for parental information as well as for teens and young adults at large. Safe Place to evaluate games, movies, and plain good advise. Check it out.
FoxyLady007
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
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safe site
curious23
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
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Lunatics!
OffBeatAlchemy
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
The site means well but it promotes a feeling that children should be controlled up until they're 18. Yes, being an informed parent is a good thing but the site decides how you SHOULD go about raising them as well. As with all children, they should be treated differently and a one size fits all solution never fits all solutions. If a parent was honestly concerned about the upbringing up their child, an actual conversation would work much better rather than looking up a Idiot's Guide for Parenthood.
evilfantasy
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
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Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
Drewseph
Feb 6, 2011
Feb 6, 2011
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This is completely inaccurate, in that if you really make your child follow their guidelines, your child will only be able to play Halo when he is a full-grown adult. Is this really beneficial to their well-being? If they haven't even played a game with as miniscule an amount of violence as Halo by the time they are an adult, they are NOT ready for the real world at all... ;(
619clean
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
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Great site, safe, user-friendly, and even informative. It provides expert views on what is safe for children and what isn't in today's media (movies, games, and even the web).
tryx3
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
A terribly biased, inaccurate site that attempts to make parents feel good for not being parents. If you're a parent, and follow this, consider the following: Your job is to be a parent, make the personal decision on if you want your kid to play a game, that's your decision, not some stupid laughable website.
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Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

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