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Jury Class Update

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Stock Image - Happy smiling familyOur recorded class is getting rave reviews! Available when you are, they are the most flexible option available to become a KIDS FIRST! juror. If you’ve been putting off the training because of your busy schedule, now is the perfect time to get started. Work at your own convenience, your own pace and you don’t even have to worry about the screaming kids and barking dogs in the background!

Want a more fun and interactive experience? New classes are now opening for November 15 and 17. It’s a 2-part class, so you need to attend both of those dates to complete the program.

Click here to register for the live class or the recorded webinar! Want to know more? Check out our Jury Page, or send a message. I’d love to hear from you!!

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Did You Know That KIDS FIRST! Evaluates More Than Just Movies?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We all know how important it is to help our kids learn to navigate their world and make good life decisions. Media is one of those all-pervasive messages in most of our kid’s lives. That’s why learning to make educated choices is so important.

At KIDS FIRST! our Adult and Child Jurors evaluate more than just movies! KIDS FIRST! evaluates audio CDs, independent productions, feature films, TV series, interactive games like Nintendo DS and Wii and now we even review iApps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod! As a juror, you are only asked to evaluate media that fits in your child’s age group, when you are available and for equipment you already possess. It’s flexible, fun, educational and it helps others making media decisions for their own families.

If you still haven’t signed up to take the Jury Training Class… What are you waiting for? Consider this your personal invitation. To ensure a spot in an upcoming class, register here. New class dates will be announced shortly for the Spring sessions. Each session of classes lasts approximately one hour per class (two classes per session) and all you need is internet access and a telephone or headset to join. Your $10 admin fee is all you ever pay, and you’ll get lots of free children’s media!

Winter Jury Classes Announced!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

FamTV.jpgJoin us for our upcoming Jury Training classes! Do you worry about what your kids watch on TV, in the movies and in interactive games? Here’s your chance to get involved in media literacy in your own community, while helping families across the country make good media purchasing and viewing decisions.

Become a KIDS FIRST! Juror and start your own Junior Film Critics Program! You can also build up a hefty media library to donate to your favorite charitable organization, school or library, OR keep them for yourself! Review independent films and larger production titles. Listen to new children’s music and play the newest interactive games.

Our upcoming class dates are as follows:

Feb 15 and 17 at 10 am MT (noon ET)
More dates to be announced soon, sign up now to reserve your spot!

For more information, email us or call 505-989-8076. Register online now!

Jurors! Share Your Love For Film With Your Community!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

KF_FilmCriticsLogo1.jpgWant to share your love for children’s films and media literacy? Want to get your school or other community organization involved in your jury? Here’s your chance…

Join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ Weekend, November 8-14, for an event that teaches kids strong critical thinking, writing and public speaking skills. Host your very own movie party and screening of Velveteen Rabbit. The DVD is free for schools and libraries and all the marketing materials you need are available online. Partnering with another organization will help you to build good community relationships. Although you cannot charge for entry, a non-profit organization can raise funds through raffles, food sales and other creative endeavors. The Velveteen Rabbit is a great family film, especially suitable for kids ages 6-15.

Contact us today to host your very own free screening! After all, everyone loves a free movie!

Just a reminder… vote for your favorite reviewer on wonderworldtv! Voting closes on October 31 and 20 kids will be chosen as finalists in our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Search. Make sure your favorite gets in. Vote today!

Jurors – Don’t Let Your Kids Miss Out!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ Campaign is an awesome opportunity for any kid ages 6-15, but jurors have an even better chance of being chosen! Why is that? Because your jurors already know how to evaluate children’s media.This is an amazing opportunity for your son or daughter, or another member of your children’s jury!

The KIDS FIRST! first annual Film Critics’ search is a national campaign to find 5 kids who will serve as official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for one year. The lucky winners will be flown to LA to attend red carpet events, will attend advance screenings of new films, interview celebrities on and off the red carpet and write reviews and blogs about films for kids and families. One lucky winner who evaluates the director’s cut of Velveteen Rabbit will also win a $10,000 scholarship!

All entries must be completed by October 20. So get your written review in today — you’ll want the extra time to make sure it’s just right. Receive a prize just for entering!

While You’re Waiting – 4 new class dates announced!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

GirlComputer.JPGWhile you are patiently waiting to have access to the pre-recorded version of our Jury Training Class, we are also announcing our dates for LIVE classes in August and September. For both months, we are offering convenient evening and day time classes..

Evening Classes:
August 9 and 11 (Mon and Wed) at 8 p.m. ET
September 20 and 22 (Mon and Wed) at 8 pm. ET

Day Classes:
August 24 and 26 (Tues and Thurs) at noon ET
September 14 and 16 (Tues and Thurs) at noon ET

You will need to be available on both evenings in a series in order to complete this 2-part training.
We still have some FREE spaces left, but this offer might end VERY soon, so sign up now to reserve your space. After that, there will be a $10 admin fee (previously $40, so it’s still a great bargain!)

Questions? Contact us by email, visit us online or call the office at 505-989-8076.

New! Free Jury Training to the First 50 Registrants

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Fact: The average American child will spend more time watching television and playing videogames than he or she will spend in school. You have a right to be concerned about the amount of time kids spend on media.

Won’t you join us to teach children healthy media habits that last a lifetime? Become a
KIDS FIRST! Juror and start your own Junior Film Critics Club in time for summer!

Best of all, we’re offering free training to the first 50 people who sign up for an April or May Jury Training!

And we’ve got 4 new classes scheduled for you to choose from:

April 27 and April 29 at 8pm EST
May 3 and May 5 at 2pm EST
May 10 and May 12 at 8pm EST
May 17 and May 19 at 8pm EST
(It’s a 2-part class, so you will need to attend both sessions in order to complete your training.)

Everyone who completes a jury registration form, will be automatically be enrolled in this month’s
KIDS FIRST! sweepstakes. You could win cool new DVDs for your family, but that doesn’t even
compare with the amount you can add to your media library once you’ve become a juror.

With your support, KIDS FIRST! can reach millions of kids and change their behavior from being
passive to active viewers. When we change kids’ behavior, we change the behavior of families and
our communities. Everyone benefits.

Want to learn more? Visit our Jury Page or contact our Jury Manager. Sign up today!

Toddlers as Critics

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Many people feel strongly that kids under the age of two should not be exposed to TV, including DVDs or films shown on the television set. It is important to understand your motivations and to feel comfortable with your decisions around media watching with very young children.

However, you may not feel this way, or you may realize that your kids are being exposed to media anyway – at friends houses, day care, etc. If that’s the case, then it’s never too early to make sure your young ones are watching programs that are age-appropriate and enjoyable. And, who better than to let parents know what is good for their toddlers, than the kids themselves!

At KIDS FIRST! juries of young children already engaged in media watching, help us evaluate products for their own age set. When working with such a young jury, generally ages 1-3, specific concerns arise and our Adult Jurors use a special set of skills.

Children at this age should not be glued to the screen and are not expected to sit still and be attentive. It’s okay for them to shift their attention to other things and to get up and move around. When our Jurors do an evaluation with them, they will notice whether the program engages the children part of the time and when it does so. In their evaluation, they might mention things such as: “The kids all bounced along to the music” or said, “again, again.” Jurors note whether the program is engaging for parents by offering suggestions of things they can do with their infant or toddler during or after viewing.

Media should always be viewed by an adult in advance. Also look for online reviews which will give you some insight into whether you would find the content appropriate. Internet searches can help, and you can find our wonderful juror reviews on the KIDS FIRST! website. If you’re interested in starting your own jury, with toddlers or any age kids, contact us or visit our jury website for more information.

April Jury Training

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Need something to do with the kids between basketball games? Expecting a lot of the proverbial April showers? Got the grandkids coming over during break? Or maybe your like most of us, concerned about what kid’s watch on TV, in film or in video games and you want to help them become more savvy media viewers! Then it’s time to become a KIDS FIRST! juror and start your own Junior Film Critics Club.

Our next Jury Training class is taking place on April 5 (Monday) and April 7 (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. This is a 2-part class, so you need to attend both in order to complete the training. To find out more, visit our website or contact us.

Sign up now to reserve your space in our April Jury Training Class!

Kids Make Great Film Critics

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The other day I was puttering about the house, doing my usual ‘mom’ thing of laundry and tidying and breakfast-preparing, when I heard my four-year old daughter ask her two year old sister “Do you think your friends will like this video?” Of course, I had to peek around the corner at what was going on, and there she was, pen and paper in hand, sitting up straight, grilling her sister. It made me smile.

We’ve only been reviewing titles for KIDS FIRST! for a couple of months, but it’s rubbed off. She kept going too, asking her sister if she liked it a lot or a little, and what she was thinking about. The answers weren’t always, well, intelligible, but it sure was fun to watch!

When we pop in any old DVD, I get asked if I will be ‘asking her special questions’ after it is over, and if I’m not, I get a disappointed response. My two year-old twins love choosing the smiling or frowning faces on the juror forms, and insist on scribbling on them once we’ve finished.

I started out as a juror because the children’s media is an industry I wanted to enter as a filmmaker, and so of course I have a natural tendency to want to see what’s out there. Now, I find the time we spend watching the movies to be just great together time. Filling out the forms gets my four year old talking and asking questions, and thinking about what she saw. It is obvious she feels it is special time with Mama, and I love that her questions have spilled over to whenever we’re watching TV or a movie, which has given me the chance to explain what commercials are for, and for her to pick apart for herself what made a character or scene a little scary. (Since then, she’s told me she likes it when movies are ‘just itty bitty scary!’)

Some kids play Doctor or Teacher or Firefighters. My kids play Film Critic. Maybe Siskel and Ebert costumes for Halloween?  Hm—maybe!

By Hannah Dallman (KIDS FIRST! Juror)

Jurors! We want to hear your stories! Just email them in with a photo. To start your own jury, contact us or visit our jury website. March classes are forming now, so don’t delay!

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