June 22 - 27
August 3 - 7
Kids, ages 7 - 17, this is for you.
Go here to enter the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Local Search Now Through June 30 in select cities. Click here for details.
Parents, Teachers and Concerned Adults
Join our Adult Jury
Concerned about what your kids watch on
Or at the Movies?
Should your tween see that PG-13 movie?
Do you know what your kids do
Want to turn TV time into learning time?
KIDS FIRST! Juror Training
KIDS FIRST! evaluates, rates and endorses children's films, DVDs, CDs, TV shows, apps and games using volunteer, community-based juries of adults and children from diverse backgrounds. To ensure consistency in these evaluations, every juror must complete our Film Critics training program. This course is designed to teach adults how to evaluate and critique children's media using criteria developed specifically for KIDS FIRST! Also, it gives you a curriculum to use with your children's jury when evaluating media. Every KIDS FIRST! endorsed title has been approved by our adult jurors and recommended by our child jurors.
Fundamental to the KIDS FIRST! mission is teaching children critical viewing skills. By participating in the KIDS FIRST! Juror program, children learn to make their use of media a positive one; one that enhances their cognitive, social and behavioral skills and cultivates a healthy media lifestyle.
It's Easy to Get Started
Fill out our Volunteer Form and we'll contact
you. Go Here.
Our Longer Course
For those who want to incorporate a KIDS FIRST! media literacy course into their school or youth group program, see below.
This is designed as a 13 week course but can be adjusted to your time frame. Our curriculum is all online and available to you on a fee basis.
The curriculum is designed to be used by an adult teacher or leader with a group of kids ages 10-16.
The goals of the course are to...
- Teach children to view media critically.
- Teach children how media can affect us.
- Teach children how to evaluate media using specific criteria.
- Teach children how to write reviews and critique media verbally, alone or as part of a group.
- Teach children how to identify and use great media.
Contact our office for more information. Contact us via email here.
KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, 23-year-old, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.
"It is very cool that I, as a kid, can have influence
on other kids and parents on what movies that they buy.
I have learned about how important the content of the
films are and how many great movies there are for kids."
Photo by Linda Carfagno
Coalition for Quality Children's Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Thank you KIDS FIRST! for all that you do! It has been a wonderful journey being a juror with you. Our family does not have TV; we just watch videos. This experience has enabled us to watch some videos that we would have never been exposed to. We are not just sitting back and watching, we are communicating about the shows we watch. Now watching videos is a whole new experience with our children! Before picking up a video at the rental place I always look at the KIDS FIRST! endorsed title list to see what would be best for my children. Its great to know that I can always trust what videos are on your site to be safe for my children's eyes and ears! Cheron B.