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KIDS FIRST! NEWS 2002
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time

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January 21, 2002

QUOTE: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." --Carl Jung

Dear Friends,

I have great news for you about our KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award Finalists and our KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals - coming to 13 cities this year.

First, we're thrilled to announce our Finalists for the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award. From 47 Semi-Finalists, our Senior Jurors have identified 20 finalists from which WE NEED YOU TO VOTE for your favorite. You'll be able to do so online at our web site, from February through April, and live at the Film Festivals, through April. Below is a list of the Finalists.

Next, we are planning the most awesome KIDS FIRST! Film Festival yet. I just returned from Los Angeles where I met with our LA Planning Team to work on our first LA KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for April. We have some great films and video premieres lined up and our Junior Film Critics will be there to critique them - from a kid's point of view. We're planning festivals in several neighborhoods in the greater LA area so you should find a festival near you. We'll keep you posted as our plans develop and a good place to visit is the festival page on our web site, http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org

After our LA festival launches, the Festival will travel around the country for six months, ending up in New York City next fall for a Grand Finale.

Be well, and keep up your great work. Be sure to send us any news items you'd like to see included in our e-zine.

Ranny

**** KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award
Finalists ***

When the nominees for the Academy Awards are announced next month, not much attention will be given to children's films, often the stepchild of the motion picture industry. For the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, children's films come first and we'll award four Best Children's Film, Video, or DVD of the Year Awards to the highest rated children's film, video or DVD in four age categories: 0-2, 2-6, 6-12, and 12-15. Our Finalists include:

(Note: A few of these titles have not been posted on our web site yet. They will be there soon.)
Category: 0-2
Baby Genius: the Four Seasons
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201074
So Smart! Colors
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201114
Teletubbies: Go! Exercise with the Teletubbies
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=200264


Category: 2-6

Bear in the Big Blue House: Early to Bed, Early to Rise
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201119
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford Tries His Best
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201110
Dora the Explorer: To the Rescue
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201148
Dragon Tales: Let's Be Friends
Little Bill: What I Did at School
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201152
Sesame Street: Kids Favorite Songs 2
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201199


Category: 6-12

Badger's Parting Gifts
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201156
Kirikou
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201096
Monet: Shadow & Light
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201158
Scholastic's Magic School Bus Creepy, Crawly Fun!
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201132
Shrek
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201198
Trouble on Planet Wait Your Turn
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=200262
Very Hungry Caterpillar
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201143

Category: 12-15
Color of Friendship
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201089
Miracle Worker
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201003
MVP: Most Valuable Primate
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201013
Princess Diaries
http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org/c/db/db.cgi?setup_file=kfn&submit_search=yes&DBID=201147

The winners of the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award will be selected by KIDS FIRST! Film Festival attendees through April 25 as well as kids across the nation via online voting. The winners will be announced Friday, April 26, 2002.

The KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award is intended to honor media that are non-violent and non-biased but also engage a child's imagination; stimulate curiosity and creativity; respect cultural diversity; and challenge kids to think, reason, and ask questions.

Last year's winners of the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award were Chicken Run for six to 12-year-olds, and Blues Big Musical Movie for two to 6-year-olds. Two age categories have been added for this year's award: ages 0-2 and 12-15.

For more information about Coalition for Quality Children's Media, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, or how to vote for the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award, please visit the Coalition's website at http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org.


**** Oscars Honor Women in Film ****

A new large-format photography exhibition spotlighting thirty women of the film industry will premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 8, 2002. "Great Women of Film: Photographs by Helena Lumme and Mika Manninen" is intended be a celebration of film's current female talents and will include women in a wide variety of professions and crafts in the motion picture industry.

Among those represented in the exhibition will be: actors Joan Allen and Susan Sarandon, actor-director-producer Jodie Foster, cinematographer Lisa Rinzler, editors Dede Allen and Maysie Hoy, producers Bonnie Curtis, Jane Rosenthal and Christine Vachon, and screenwriter-directors Jane Anderson, Kasi Lemmons and Allison Anders. Women who work in the fields of animation, sound and visual effects, as well as music, production design, costume design, makeup and casting also are among the 30 women photographed.

"Great Women of Film" is free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue in the Grand Lobby Gallery at the Academy through April 21, 2002. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3600.

*** Become a Coalition for Quality Children's Media Member ***

2001 was a remarkable year.
In 2001 KIDS FIRST! ...
1. Initiated the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award.
2. Produced KIDS FIRST! Film Festival in nine cities nationwide.
3. Conducted a large scale revamping of our Juror program and renamed it the KIDS FIRST! Junior Film Critics Club.
4. Held our Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, and invited all Coalition Independent Producer Members to participate.
5. Delivered workshops and presentations at national and local meetings.
6. Our volunteer Jurors evaluated and rated more than 300 films, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and audio recordings.
7. Published a monthly e-zine.
8. Donated more than 10,000 videos, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, and CD-ROMs to 258+ children's hospitals and related institutions.
9. Initiated the KIDS FIRST! Web store, scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2002.

If you've found our e-zine and web site helpful, please consider becoming a member of KIDS FIRST! Members help underwrite the various projects of this organization and are a critical component of our success.

The Coalition for Quality Children's Media's relies on the generous support of its members and donors to support its programs. An individual/family membership is only $25/year. An organizational membership is $100/year. An independent producer membership begins at $200/year. Visit our website (http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org) or call our office for an application form.

**** Sale on KIDS FIRST! Book ***

To tell you how much we thank you for your support and friendship this year, we're offering a January e-zine subscriber's 20% discount of $15.96 (plus $5 s & h). To order your book, call our office, 505-989-8076 or send in your request, to [email protected]://www.kidsfirstinternet.org. This offer is good as long as supplies last. You can view sample pages of our book at http://www.pgpress.com/Book_Excerpts/kidvid/

 

JANUARY 28, 2002

Quote: "Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present."--Albert Camus

Dear Friends,

Having just spent a weekend taking care of my 8-month-old grandson, I'm reminded why parenting is for younger people. I fell into my slumberzone around 8:00 last night, glad to be there. The glorious side of this was my husband and I had time alone with the little guy, and got to know each other better. It did remind me of all the great parenting titles that KIDS FIRST! has endorsed so I thought I'd send you a special issue with some of these. I can't think of anything more important than knowing emergency procedures for handling a life and death emergency which is the subject of Baby and Child CPR. Certainly parents with learning difficulties or autism will benefit from the two titles that address these issues. CQCM member, Dan LeFevre at New Games has come out with a great new video showing different games to play with parachutes and I'm ready to try them all. I've also included two videos about baby playtime and one about sleep time. Last is a CD-ROM that's chock full of information about baby growth and development with an excellent filing system for you to use and resources for just about everything imaginable in your baby's early years.


Enjoy,

Ranny

**** PARENTING TITLES ***


** BABY & CHILD CPR - CPR and choking relief instruction for parents and other lay rescuers. Step-by-step instructions and demonstrations. Supervised by top medical specialists. Adult Juror Comments: Informative, well organized, easy to follow and understand. Accurate and effective presentation. Includes Spanish version. Designed to be used in conjunction with an accredited instructor. Extremely useful for parents and anyone who works with children. Video. 38 min.; $14.95; BABY CPR, INC.


** AUTISM AND THE NEW LAW addresses the components of the Advancement of Pediatric Autism Research Act, a law passed to find more effective treatments and a cure for autism. Adult Juror Comments: Upbeat, sensitive and reassuring presentation. Accurate; appropriate language. Use of both parents of autistic children and professionals is effective. Promotes acceptance and respect for autistic children. Supportive, hopeful and encouraging. Kid Juror Comments: Video. 30 min.; $49.95; EDVANTAGE MEDIA, INC.

*** NEW PARACHUTE GAMES VIDEO, THE - Twenty known and unusual games are presented to show physical education teachers how parachutes can be used to teach social and physical skills. The emphasis is on teamwork and having fun. Adult Juror Comments: Great instructional ideas for adults or teachers. Provides examples, short explanations and builds on basic games. Excellent way to promote cooperation between children in a sport that is non- competitive but is good exercise. Kids enjoyed it too! Video. 27 min.; $29.95; -. NEW GAMES.

*** SLEEP LIKE A BABY: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT BABIES AND SLEEP - The most popular sleep methods for new parents and their baby are sleep training and co-sleeping. This video is designed to help parents formulate a plan that is best for their family, offering solutions, choices and support. Adult Juror Comments: Professional, balanced view on both co-sleeping and sleep training infants. Interesting and effective format incorporates home-video-like segments of parents and studio quality interviews with experts. Comforting tone. Excellent for first-time parents. Video. 30 min.; $19.95; HEART AT WORK PRODUCTIONS.


* PLAYTIME FOR BABIES - An interactive play program to assist baby's sensory and physical milestone development. Features a mother playing with her baby while focusing on visual, tactile, hearing, strength and movement milestones. Adult Juror Comments: Practical and useful information, particularly for first-time parents. Effective examples of play techniques and positive modeling for warm interaction. Lack of father or male caregiver is disappointing. Little cultural diversity shown. Video. 28 min.; $15.95; BABY PLAYTIME.

* PLAYTIME FOR NEWBORNS - An interactive play program to assist baby's sensory and physical milestone development. Features a mother playing with her baby while focusing on visual, tactile, hearing and strength movement milestones. Adult Juror Comments: Basic information presented in a positive, loving way. Safety concerns and cautions may not be stated strongly enough or could be lost on those who do not read well. Slow pace. Jurors particularly enjoyed information on infant massage. Little diversity shown. Kid Juror Comments: Video. 26 min.; $15.95; BABY PLAYTIME.

* LEARNING FOR LIFE: KIDS AND LEARNING DIFFERENCES (DISNEY CHANNEL). Profiles children who have overcome learning obstacles and learned to cope with hyperactivity, inattention and other challenges. Perspectives from parents, students and administrators offer hope and understanding. Adult Juror Comments: Informative, interesting, sensitive, documentary style. Jumps around. Great message that kids are just kids even though some learn differently. Good diversity shown. TV 24 min.; DISNEY CHANNEL.

*** BABY MATTERS (PARENTING SOLUTIONS). Good resource for parents to track prenatal care, medical data, child's developmental process, milestones, family tree, histories and photos of their child's life from prenatal to babyhood. Adult Juror Comments: Knowledgeable, beneficial program. Provides links to authoritative web sites. Presented in an easy-to-understand format that allows structured and unstructured data entry. "A wonderful way to document the growth and development of your child." CD-Rom. WIN; $29.95; PARENTING SOLUTIONS INC.

*** KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award ***

The winners of the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award will be selected by KIDS FIRST! Film Festival attendees through April 25 as well as kids across the nation via online voting. The winners will be announced Friday, April 26, 2002.

The KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award is intended to honor media that are non-violent and non-biased but also engage a child's imagination; stimulate curiosity and creativity; respect cultural diversity; and challenge kids to think, reason, and ask questions.

Last year's winners of the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award were Chicken Run for six to 12-year-olds, and Blues Big Musical Movie for two to 6-year-olds. Two age categories have been added for this year's award: ages 0-2 and 12-15.

For more information about how to vote for the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award and our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, please visit the Coalition's website at http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org.


*** American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Media Violence ***

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published a policy statement on media violence highlighting evidence that exposure to media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior in children and adolescents. According to the statement, the strength of the correlation between media violence and aggressive behavior is greater than the correlation between calcium intake and bone mass, or the correlation between lead ingestion and lower IQ. Please take a moment to read it, and then share it with your friends, neighbors, school, or other community organizations. http://www.aap.org/policy/re0109.html

*** Adventures in Parenting ***
This National Institute of Child Health and Human Development booklet gives examples of how parents can think about the job of parenting for different age groups – how they can "respond, prevent, monitor, mentor and model" to help their children thrive, based on research on parenting approaches and outcomes over the past 30 years. Print copies are free (800-370-2943). http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/parenting/adv_in_parenting.cfm


**Grandparenting: Enriching Lives
While grandparents play a special role in their grandchildren's lives, many are out of touch with current understandings of child development, like the important role of play in fostering healthy development for babies or incorrectly believing you can spoil a 3-month-old baby by picking him up when he cries. That's why Civitas, a nonprofit communications group, has prepared tips for grandparents on parenting.http://www.enrichinglives.org/


**Youth Awards
Hasbro's Teens With the Courage to Give Award will recognize two young people who triumphed over tragedy and volunteered to make a difference. The two winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship for their higher education and will join 10 other youth honorees to win $500 grants to fund projects for National Youth Service Day 2002. The deadline for submission has been extended to February 15th. For a copy of the application, send your name, address, phone number, and e-mail to [email protected] http://www.SERVEnet.org

**Youth Rally against Violence
On February 19, 2002 in Washington, DC, the National Crime Prevention Council and the National Campaign Against Youth Violence are sponsoring a major march and rally for youth to showcase how youth are promoting tolerance and building communities across the nation. Youth-serving organizations are invited to bring youth to the rally, or organize local events to bring national attention to youth agencies and issues. For more information, contact Maria Feit (202-687-2708; [email protected]).

**State of the Union – January 29 ***
In his inaugural address President Bush pledged to "work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity." Bush warned, "If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most."
The president's State of the Union address will give an indication of his current thinking about government's role in enhancing justice and opportunity, and helping vulnerable families during an economic decline. Child advocates will be listening carefully on January 29 and analyzing his commitments in the federal budget he submits to Congress on February 4. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/inaugural-address.html

*** Producer News ***
*** Congratulations Sidney Poitier ***
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans a special Oscar to honor Poitier Sidney at the 74th Annual Academy Awards on March 24 in recognition of "his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the motion picture industry with dignity, style and intelligence throughout the world."

*** Become a Coalition for Quality Children's Media Member ***

2001 was a remarkable year.
In 2001 KIDS FIRST! ...
1. Initiated the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award.
2. Produced KIDS FIRST! Film Festival in nine cities nationwide.
3. Conducted a large scale revamping of our Juror program and renamed it the KIDS FIRST! Junior Film Critics Club.
4. Held our Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, and invited all Coalition Independent Producer Members to participate.
5. Delivered workshops and presentations at national and local meetings.
6. Our volunteer Jurors evaluated and rated more than 300 films, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and audio recordings.
7. Published a monthly e-zine.
8. Donated more than 10,000 videos, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, and CD-ROMs to 258+ children's hospitals and related institutions.
9. Initiated the KIDS FIRST! Web store, scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2002.

If you've found our e-zine and web site helpful, please consider becoming a member of KIDS FIRST! Members help underwrite the various projects of this organization and are a critical component of our success.

The Coalition for Quality Children's Media's relies on the generous support of its members and donors to support its programs. An individual/family membership is only $25/year. An organizational membership is $100/year. An independent producer membership begins at $200/year. Visit our website (http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org) or call our office for an application form.

**** Sale on KIDS FIRST! Book ***
There are only three days remaining in January to take advantage of our e-zine subscriber's discount on our bok, A Parent's Guide to the Best Children's Videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs.
To tell you how much we thank you for your support and friendship this year, we're offering a January e-zine subscriber's 20% discount of $15.96 (plus $5 s & h). To order your book, call our office, 505-989-8076 or send in your request, to [email protected]://www.kidsfirstinternet.org. This offer is good as long as supplies last. You can view sample pages of our book at http://www.pgpress.com/Book_Excerpts/kidvid/

****************VISIT OUR MEMBERS' SITES ******************
http://www.a-imagination.com
http://www.activeparenting.com http://www.BabyAboutTown.com
http://www.babybrother.com
http://www.babysongs.com
http://www.babyeinstein.com
http://www.babygenius.com
http://www.carrisbrook.com
http://www.devine-ent.com
http://disney.go.com/DisneyVideos/
http://www.familiesoftheworld.com
http://www.finemediagroup.com
http://www.filmmarketonline.com
http://www.hollywoodvideo.com
http://www.hunktabunkta.com
http://www.iluminadaproductions.com
http://www.itsybitsye.com
http://www.kathybyers.com
http://www.krikou.net
http://www.lafete.com
http://www.letscreate.com
http://www.Littlehardhats.com
http://www.littlemammoth.com
http://www.magicfrank.com
http://www.montereymedia.com
http://www.mothering.com
http://www.mybestenglish.net
http://www.nafce.org
http://www.pixiesage.com
http://www.sesameworkshop.org
http://www.splashesfromtheriver.com/web/pl1.html
http://www.sosmart.com
http://www.tcfhe.com
http://www.upbeatmm.com
http://www.vtmproductionsinc.com
http://www.warner.com
http://www.zula.com

*********************EVENTS and NEWS **********************
January 31 & February 1, Washington, D.C.: The Lion & Lamb Project is offering a two-day Trainers' Seminar on ways to stop the marketing of violence to children. This Seminar is for educators, counselors, psychologists, youth leaders, religious leaders, activists and others interested in presenting Lion & Lamb materials to parents, clients and/or constituents. For more information, visit http://www.lionlamb.org/workshop_info.htm.

March 14 & 15: BRAINCAMP 6, New York City - Speakers include: Elie Dekel - President, Saban Consumer Products, Fox Family Worldwide; Robert Friedman - President, AOL's Interactive Marketing Unit; Bill Jemas - Coo of Marvel Enterprises and President of Publishing, Licensing and New Media: Gen Fukunaga - Chairman, Funimation Productions; Faith Rogow, Ph. D. - Founder and President of the Alliance for a Media Literate America; Tom Vellios - President & CEO of Zany Brainy, Inc. For More Information Contact [email protected]

To add your event to this list, please sent a notice to [email protected]

 

KIDS FIRST! NEWS 2002
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time

CQCM Newsletter Archive:
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002

June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002

 


 

2001

2000

1999

1998

1998


1997


1997

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