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Secretariat (2010, Rated PG)
Parents Need to Know...

that this is a biopic not only of legendary Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred horse Secretariat but also of his pioneering owner, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane). But except for kids who love horses, younger viewers probably won't be too ... read more

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The Social Network (2010, Rated PG-13)
Parents Need to Know...

that this movie about the creation of Facebook will appeal to media-savvy tweens and young teens, but there's so much sexuality, drug use, drinking, and swearing (lots of "a--hole," "bitch," and "s--t") that ... read more

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010, Rated PG)
Parents Need to Know...

that this 3-D adaptation of Kathryn Lasky's best-selling Legend of the Guardians books is more intense and violent than most animated adventures -- even though the characters are all owls. The movie focuses on the conflict between a group ... read more

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New Video Game Reviews

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MySims Sky Heroes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Parents Need to Know...

that MySims Sky Heroes is a fast-paced and exciting action game with bright and colorful cartoon visuals. The game centers around aerial combat, though, and features lots of weaponry -- both realistic (machine guns) and fanciful (giant ... read more

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Parents Need to Know...

some of the lyrics and imagery in Warriors of Rock might not be suitable for young eyes and ears. There are also some cut-scenes that may be inappropriate for children, including some that show scantily-clad female and male musicians, ... read more

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Dead Rising 2 (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)
Parents Need to Know...

Dead Rising 2 is an extremely violent video game. The main player can see hundreds of zombies onscreen at the same time and plow through them with a plethora of weapons -- most of which leave the "undead" enemies in pieces or ... read more

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Popular Websites for Kids

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Stardoll
Parents Need to Know...

that Stardoll is a fashion-oriented site with some protections in place for users who are under 13. They automatically receive a "Kid Safe" membership, which gives them access to doll-related games and features plus other ... read more

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Instructables
Parents Need to Know...

Instructables is a gigantic DIY site where users share how to build, cook, sew, invent, or try almost anything. The site's overall tone is positive and supportive and encourages creativity. Searching through all of the ideas to separate ... read more

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Duck's Alphabet
Parents Need to Know...

Duck's Alphabet is a colorful, simple site for preschoolers to learn phonics pre-reading skills. Intended for the very early reader, kids need only to listen to instructions and know how to click on a mouse to be able to play. There's ... read more

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New Fall TV for Families

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Raising Hope (Fox)
Parents Need to Know...

that this quirky sitcom from the creator of My Name Is Earl deals with issues like single fatherhood and teen pregnancy, exploring them within the context of family bonds and learning life lessons. Some of the humor is based on ... read more

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Glee (Fox)
Parents Need to Know...

that this edgy teen comedy promotes a positive message of cooperation and acceptance amid a mine field littered with jokes about homophobia, bullying, substance abuse, teen sex, and other envelope-pushing topics. There isn't an outright ... read more

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Modern Family (ABC)
Parents Need to Know...

that this sitcom revolves around three different families -- including a homosexual couple and their adopted daughter and a post-mid-lifer and his much younger second wife and stepson. Expect some suggestive jokes, particularly in ... read more

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Books to Discover Again

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Parents Need to Know...

that, though Max misbehaves, the message is one of parental love. This subtle masterpiece of story, writing, and art will have kids asking for repeated readings. Colorful language and a world of imagination make this wild adventure a fun ... read more

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Corduroy by Don Freeman
Parents Need to Know...

that this is a timeless story completely suited to young children. The illustrations are bold, bright, and highly appealing. read more

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Rocking Horse Land: And Other Classic Tales of Dolls and Toys by Naomi Lewis
Parents Need to Know...

that there is some fairy tale violence in these stories. The art is lovely but too small. read more

Rocking Horse Land: And Other Classic Tales of Dolls and Toys
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Music to Download

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"Dog Days Are Over" (CD single) by Florence and the Machine
Parents Need to Know...

that this this single is a super-clean song with a fairly positive message, especially for an alt-rock tune (many of which are moody and brooding). There's no swearing or adult content here, just some inoffensive lyrics about not running ... read more

"Dog Days Are Over" (CD single)
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"A Year Without Rain" (CD single) by Selena Gomez
Parents Need to Know...

that this single is a classic Selena Gomez song in every way: it includes no profanity or questionable adult content, just some wistful expressions of helplessness in the absence of the person she cares for. While the message could stand ... read more

"A Year Without Rain" (CD single)
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Playhouse Disney: Let's Dance! by Various Artists
Parents Need to Know...

that this album is jam-packed with 25 songs from popular Playhouse Disney shows. The popular "Can You Teach My Alligator Manners?" theme is here, as well as songs from favorites like Handy Manny and Happy Monster Band. It's ... read more

Playhouse Disney: Let's Dance!
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