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Best websites for finding kid-friendly entertainment

These sites have devised new ways to rate films for children.

Commonsensemedia.org uses three simple ratings—“On,” “Off,” and “Iffy”—to help parents decide which films are suitable for their children. Each movie is graded on merit as well as age-appropriateness. Zero stars means a film’s “beyond bad,” while five stars earns the label “terrific.”

Kids-in-mind.com goes beyond MPAA ratings to rank films from zero to 10 in three categories: “Sex and Nudity,” “Violence and Gore,” and “Profanity.” The site also provides information on precisely what events in the film may not be appropriate.

Parentpreviews.com features a worldwide comparison of rating systems: Parents can find out what the latest Harry Potter film was rated in New Zealand as well as in the U.S. Each new release then receives a ­“report card” based on such factors as crass language and drug use. A section called “The Big Picture” links to reports on the latest trends in kids’ media.

Source: Good Housekeeping

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