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Information About Children and Violence
Video Game & Movie Reviews
This site rates movies based on 15 different criteria including blood/gore,
frightening/tense scenes and guns/weapons.
- National Institute on Media and
This site features KidScore, an innovative and family-friendly ratings system for video
and computer games as well as movies.
Movie critics who are also parents review
movies and give descriptions of amount of violence/gore as well as sex/nudity and
profanity in each movie.
The Movie Mom, Nell Minow, offers her own reviews and has links to several other movie
"Bang Bang You're Dead"
Written by award-winning playwright William Mastrosimone, this 40-minute play uses
elements of the Springfield, Oregon shooting in May of 1998 as a jumping-off point for a
cautionary tale about school violence. The freely downloadable play requires a
minimum of 11 actors, and little in the way of production values.
Peace Games works to create safe elementary schools by mobilizing college volunteers to
collaborate with teachers, students, and parents. Through role-playing, games, and
community service projects, Peace Games challenges the leaders of tomorrow to become the
peacemakers of today.
- Toy Trade-Ins
Toy Trade-Ins are events where children bring in their violent toys in exchange for
nonviolent toys or coupons for toys and treats. Older students can coordinate these events
at elementary schools or community centers.
Books for Parents and Kids
A Guide to the Contemporary Peace Movement.
A project of the Boston University School of Public Health, is a national resource for
communities working to reduce substance abuse and gun violence.
- The Merchants of Cool
The Merchants of Cool is a PBS Frontline report on
the creators and marketers of popular culture for teenagers.
- Media Matters
Part of the American Academy of Pediatrics web site, this page has links to helpful
articles about kids and media violence. There are also action alerts and policy
- Center for Media Education
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a quality electronic media culture
for children and youth, their families and the community.
Women + Media Project
An initiative working to increase awareness of how pop culture and media represent,
affect, employ, and serve girls and women---and to advocate for improvement in those
areas. The Project also seeks to educate and empower all consumers and citizens about
consumer rights and responsibilities regarding the media, and to promote universal media
Mediascope is a national, nonprofit public policy organization founded in 1992 to promote
constructive depictions of health and social issues in the media, particularly as they
relate to children and adolescents.
- Action Coalition for Media
ACME is a nationwide network of media educators and activists dedicated to creating
positive changes in media education through activism.
Child-Responsible Media Campaign offers a legislative tracking web site that chronicles all
legislation related to marketing media violence to children on both the national and the