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MEDIA: Kidsread and Kids In Danger (KID) recommend the following shows for family viewing.  Shows that are not appropriate for children and families are below.  VISITORS since May 07: Hit Counter

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES:

TV  SHOWS: KIDSREAD RATING:
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC TV) Excellent:     Every week, with the help of many in the community, Home Makeover staff rebuilds the home of a family who has suffered one or more disasters. This show receives the highest rating Kidsread can offer because of its message of hope, rebuilding, rekindling faith, caring and sharing, mixed with a lot of fun and zany ideas.
Monk Very High: This show is not for younger children, but teens will enjoy it. It is a stimulating and humorous  murder mystery starring the brilliant, but obsessive-compulsive (OC) detective Adrian Monk.  Includes minimal violence in the beginning in order to establish the plot. In a subtle way it also teaches tolerance of special-needs individuals.
Extreme Max X Very High: Shows real-life accidents, predicaments, and stunts with astute humor and helps teens and young adults to avoid stupid situations. Very funny and entertaining, with a good message. The only drawback is that if you have a fearless child this show could give them ideas.
The Dog Whisperer Excellent:   It's very heartwarming to watch Cesar train owners in dog handling with firmness and kindness, by teaching patience, consistency, and doggy body language.  There are no problem dogs, just problem owners.
National Geographic Channel Excellent:     Just about every show on this channel is worth watching.
The Nanny Excellent:     Teaches parents how to raise children using patience, consistency, and tolerance.  Very entertaining as you watch kids who've been allowed to be very naughty turn into normal children.
VIDEO GAMES:  
Zelda Very High:
Mario Super Smash Brothers Very High:
WaveRace Very High:
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THINGS TO SKIP -  NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES: Kidsread suggests that you buy a digital recorder so you can fast-forward past the objectionable parts of the shows listed. (Tivo, Moxie, or Time Warner Cable - all allow you to block shows by content, rating, and channel, and it is essential that parents do this or cancel their subscription)

TV  SHOWS: WHY FAMILIES SHOULD AVOID THIS:
ABC News Not Good: This national news show tends to be biased towards the left, giving kids an unfair view of current affairs. It frequently portrays women in revealing clothing that discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers then.
CBS News Not Good: This national news show tends to be biased towards the left, giving kids an unfair view of current affairs. It frequently portrays women in revealing clothing that discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers them.
NBC News Not Good: This national news show tends to be biased towards the left, giving kids an unfair view of current affairs. It frequently portrays women in revealing clothing that discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers them.
CNN News Not Good: This national news show tends to be biased towards the left, giving kids an unfair view of current affairs. It frequently portrays women in revealing clothing that discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers them.
KCAL 9 News - Los Angeles Bad: This channel's news shows partially-dressed women, playboy bunnies, and bikini contests on prime-time news without regard for who may be watching, in order to increase its ratings.  All of the above discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers women.  It teaches little children that nudity and partial nudity are okay when it endangers them.
KTTV Fox 11 News - Los Angeles Bad: This channel's news shows partially-dressed women, playboy bunnies, and bikini contests on prime-time news without regard for who may be watching, in order to increase its ratings.  The weather person often looks like a hooker.  All of the above discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers women.  It teaches little children that nudity and partial nudity are okay when it endangers them.
So what news should you watch?  Kidsread recommends getting your news from any family-friendly news website or a newspaper like the Wall Street Journal, and that you watch the above local channels only when there is an area emergency. ?
America's Funniest Videos Not Good: This show is often very humorous and fun, but it frequently shows people having accidents that result in pain.  This encourages children and adults to laugh at the misfortunes of others.  If you point out this flaw while your family is watching and avoid laughing at the injury scenes, then Kidsread says its okay to view.
Fox News-Nationwide Bad: While we respect the in-depth, accurate, fair, and unbiased news presented here, this channel shows partially-dressed women on prime-time news without regard for who may be watching, in order to increase its ratings.  This discriminates against, dehumanizes, degrades, and endangers women.  It teaches little children that nudity and partial nudity are okay when in fact, it endangers them.
Desperate Housewives Very Bad: Portrays immoral people in immoral situations and tries to make it look okay and humorous.  This is a message that could endanger kids, teens, and adults.
The View Bad: This show features women giving their opinions about various issues that are decidedly one-sided.  Conservative family values are frequently berated here.
Se_ and the City (letter omitted to pass sensor programs) Very Bad:   Portrays dysfunctional and immoral behavior as "normal."
MOVIES:  
The Golden Compass Not worth the time Low in teaching social values
Any movie that is rated R, Mature, NC-17, or X Very Bad:   These movies flaunt or encourage activities that endanger children and cause increases in premarital sex, teen pregnancy, molestation, date-rape, rape, and sexually- transmitted diseases.
Any PG-13  movie that includes nudity Very Bad:   See above
Any movie with excessive violence Very Bad:   Studies show that regularly viewing of violence desensitizes the human mind to physical and emotional abuse.  Boys who often watch violence are more likely to engage in incest, porn, bullying and molestation. Girls who are subjected to it are more likely to be victims.
Movies that portray sensual activities as if they are common-place Very Bad:   Studies show that a majority of American adults do not engage in extra-marital physical liaisons, and that a majority of teens believe in waiting until they are married.  Kidsread believes that studies that are contrary to this have an agenda and are flawed. Many of these studies count numbers of illicit encounters and don't take into account the fact that that some people have multiple encounters while others have none.
VIDEO GAMES: K.I.D. RECOMMENDS THERAPY OR JAIL TIME FOR THE MAKERS OF THESE GAMES:
Duke Nukem Very Bad:   Excessive violence, poor social interraction, no moral values
Carmegeddon Very Bad:   Allows players to tie a partially-clad woman to a tree, who then begs you to "shoot her."
Quake and Doom Very Bad:   Excessive violence, poor social interraction, no moral values
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto II and III Very Bad:   Allows players to hire a prostitute, then beat her to death and get their monty back.
Any video game that includes violence or women in revealing clothing. Studies show that regular viewing of violence, especially violence mixed with partially-clad women, desensitizes the human mind to physical and emotional abuse.  Boys who often watch brutality are more likely to engage in incest, porn, bullying and molestation. Girls who are subjected to it are more likely to be victims.

Would you like to add to this list or do you disagree with these assessments?  Let us know.  Adrienne@Kidsread.net How can you help? Send emails to advertisers when you see an offensive ad or news bite.  If enough of us do it, they'll eventually get the message that mainstream America doesn't side with the hedonistic views of major corporate executives.

NON-FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES:   

Hewlett Packard (HP): HP and many corporations in America are sponsoring overnight sales seminars that exclude spouses and families.  They do this by paying for the entire trip for the employee only, which makes it difficult for that employee to add on a spouse.  These types of trips enable spouses who are disloyal to cheat on their companion, which leads to divorce and severe hardship for children.   KID encourages parents to seek employment with companies with family-friendly and marriage-friendly policies. 

United Airlines recently removed a mother from a flight after she complained that a violent film was not suitable for her children: "On May 8th, Amy Bearmon flew with her family on a United Flight which aired "The Great Debaters" on a publicly viewable overhead screen. Ms. Bearmon looked up and saw a lynching scene that she deemed inappropriate for her kids, ages 7 and 4. She asked four separate flight attendants to turn off the film. Not only did the flight attendants ignore her requests and air additional violent images inappropriate for kids, but they had Ms. Bearmon removed from the flight for being a nuisance when the plane landed in Chicago for a scheduled connection." United was forced to deal with Media attention regarding this and Kids In Danger believes they should also deal with passengers choosing other airlines.  Source: Kidsafefilms.org

Delta Airlines has refused to speak with Kidsafefilms.org about airing violent films inflight when children are onboard.  You can help by calling Delta Airlines and ask them to speak with themů try Joanne Smith (Sr. VP, In-Flight Service) at (404) 715-2600 - ask her to visit www.kidsafefilms.org and help solve this problem. Kids In Danger feels that this is a no-brainer, and shouldn't require a committee, just one finger to turn off the DVD player.  Forcing children to view violence in a confined space  is the worst form of bureaucratic abuse imaginable.

Time Warner has produced, broadcast, or sold more non-family-friendly and non-female-friendly TV shows and movies than any other entertainment company.  What they call entertainment, we call discrimination, degradation, domination, and dumb.

PROBLEM HOTELS: Many hotels offer cable TV for free in hotel rooms that includes NON-family-friendly and NON-child-friendly adult images.  It is best to stay in a hotel that guarantees family-friendly TV viewing.  Enabling people to participate in TV-viewing while away from home that encourages crimes and discrimination against women and children is the highest form of irresponsible corporate behavior. Travelers often have no choice as to where they stay, which makes in even more inappropriate for these hotels to offer immoral and discriminatory viewing.  Examples of hotels that allow the above:

Hilton Hotels: adult channel, adult movies, however they do allow you to block content.  KID and AID think it is morally wrong to offer these shows to anyone because it discriminates against women and enforces a "Bully" mentality in men.  Their position is the opposite of community family values.

Marriott Hotels: adult channel, adult movies

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