It is movie night and you want to find a good show for the family. It can be hard at times to know just by reading a movie description or checking the official rating if a movie is really appropriate. Aside from that, you may want to know just how appropriate the show is and what red flags may exist. These two apps provide the necessary information for you to make good choices for your kids and family.
Kids In Mind
Kids In Mind provides recent reviews by date, movies new to video, and an archive. This app makes it very clear on these main lists with colored indicators based on scales of one to 10 whether the movie is appropriate or not. The criteria includes sex and nudity, violence and gore, and profanity.
Once you select a movie to view further, you will see all necessary details. You can review everything from the release date to details of any red flag categories with explanations of why they received the scale ratings that they did.
You can then mark your favorites, which is handy for gathering a library of movies you would like to watch. There is also a convenient search feature if you are looking for a specific show. You can also search for movies based on the red flag category or MPAA rating.
Convenient notifications are available so that you can be alerted when new movie reviews are available. Kids In Mind offers both a free app and Kids In Mind Pro, which is $1.99. The paid version removes the ads and the app is universal.
The Kids Media app is another good choice for checking out family-friendly movies. Rather than a scale based on concerns, this app shows which age the movie is appropriate for on the list screen. Once you make a movie selection you will then see many categories with one to five circles marked for the range. These categories include red flags like violence and language as well as good things like positive messages and role models.
There is also a section for what parents need to know about the movie, which gives a great description. There are additional sections for what families can talk about regarding the show, what the story really is, and if it is considered “good.” This app also allows you to mark favorites and see related recommendations.
An added bonus for Kids Media is that it covers more than just movies. You can view the same type of details for games, apps, books, TV shows, music, and even websites. You can browse items based on age, search by keyword with a media type filter, and check out articles in the parenting blog section.
Kids Media is a universal app available for free on the App Store.
So, the next time you and your family are in the market for a show, check out one of these apps to make sure it is the right movie choice.