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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saving children from Nickolodeon

Nickolodeon's AddictingGames.com was voted worst toy of the year by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (that's clearly not happening, folks, but thanks for campaigning for it anyway...). For descriptions of Nickolodeon's site and why it's so bad for kids, as well as the other nominees, see the Campaign's TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young Children) award website. The TOADY award is is named to sound like the TOTY (Toy of the Year) award given by the toy industry, often with little regard to its impact on the health and well-being of children. Thanks to Simon Firth for the reference. A valuable site.

While I'm at it, I'd like to put in a plug for Kids in Mind, which I find a valuable resource for evaluating films for violent and sexual content inappropriate for children, although unfortunately they do not always have the films I've looked for.

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