When it comes to kids’ media, there are a lot of bad choices out there. But I’m interested in putting the spotlight on the positive—the children’s shows, series, books, movies, apps and games that educate, enlighten, inspire and entertain in age-appropriate ways. To that end, I’ve created a Pinterest board called Positive Media for Kids. The board is pretty small as of yet, because I’ve tried to limit it to media I have reviewed and can personally recommend. Some of my favorite parenting ideas have come from other parents, and my hope here is to create a robust resource for parents looking for ways to constructively entertain their kids. That’s where you come in! I’d love to add your media suggestions or hear your comments.
Yesterday, I added a new show to the board: “How the States Got Their Shapes” on H2, (History Channel 2 – which is a hidden gem all of its own). Not everything on History Channel or H2 qualifies as kid-appropriate, but for middle schoolers or teens, this show is everything they wish Social Studies class would be, with quizzes, real-world application of the issues, and humor. Episodes we’ve seen include topics such as red vs. blue states, blue collar vs. white collar, and Hatfields vs. McCoys. Check it out, and check back next week for another positive media recommendation.