Juror Manual

Tips for Working With Children

 

  • Warm-Up - In gathering your Children's Jury, make certain they are quiet, settled and focused before beginning. You want them to put aside whatever they were doing before and focus their attention on the task at hand. Ask them to sit still, close their eyes, take a deep breath and count to ten slowly. Pick a time to do the screening when they aren't feeling overly excited or rushed. If you discover, once you've started, that you don't have adequate time or they're simply not concentrating, put it aside to do at another time.
  • Give Instructions - Explain to the children that they have been asked to evaluate the product they are about to see or utilize. Discuss what film critics do. Let them know that their responses are very important. Emphasize that there is no "right" way to respond, and that different people have different, and equally valuable, opinions. All thoughts and responses are valid. Encourage boisterous children to listen to others' responses and invite the quieter children to share their ideas and opinions. Orient the children to the concept of opinion "sharing." Unless you work with the same group of children all the time; remember that each group is different. Questions that might work well on one group might not necessarily work well with another. Make this a learning experience where kids know their opinions are valued.
  • At KIDS FIRST!, kids are integral to our mission. Starting a Junior Film Critics Club will give you the opportunity to work with kids on a fun project while helping them learn to become media critics. Discuss with your kids their important role in the evaluation process. Depending upon age, you can give them awards, certificates, or engage them outside of the viewing process. Teach them what it means to be a critic and how their job benefits others.
  • Elicit Children's Comments - It is helpful to ask open-ended questions that prompt children to elaborate on their thoughts. Open-ended questions generally begin with statements such as, "Why do you think...." or "How do you know..." For example, on the pre-school video form, question #3 asks, "How well did it show characters treating each other nicely?" A typical unhelpful response will be, "They were nice." As an Adult Juror, you could continue with the questioning by asking, "Who was nice?", "How were they nice to each other?" "What else happened that made you think they were nice to each other?" It is also important to be mindful of not swaying children's juries. Try to be neutral, regardless of your own opinion of the
    program. Remember that children are very sensitive to the body language and facial gestures of
    an adult.
  • Girl Scout Leaders - If you or someone you know is a Girl Scout leader, please contact KIDS FIRST! for information on the Junior Film Critic Badge that girls can earn.

Introduction
Evaluation Process
Using KIDS FIRST! Criteria
Evaluation Attributes and Forms
Ratings
Rejecting a Title
About Your Forms
Children’s Jury
Tips for Working With Children
Tips by Age
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