Common Sense Media for Your Kids

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How do you go about choosing appropriate media content for your children?
Air Date: 4/9/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including,, and He has three children, ages 6, 9, and 11.
Common Sense Media for Your Kids
How do you go about choosing media for your children?

Do you know how to determine when your child is ready for a particular movie? Or even a book?

Superheroes and Star Wars are very popular with young kids, but when is it okay to show them these films? Should you, as a parent, see the movie first?

What if you could go to a website where you can vet a film for violence?

One such website is Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

This type of service is highly valuable, as our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school. Such an investment in these activities profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development.

Dr. David Hill discusses the need for websites like this, as well as ways you can make sure your child has access to appropriate content.

For more information, you can also visit the Common Sense Media website.
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