Juror Manual


Coalition for Quality Children's Media (CQCM) / KIDS FIRST!

The Coalition for Quality Children's Media is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 whose
mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality
children's media. The Coalition is a voluntary collaboration comprising more than 10,000 media
professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide.
KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition.

  • To teach children to become critical media users;
  • To help adults recognize the importance of teaching critical viewing skills to children;
  • To help children identify and be aware of outstanding media programming;
  • To develop programs for children with special needs such as low-income, hospitalized or at-risk
Prior to Joining the Online Training Group

  • Fill out an online volunteer juror application form: https://forms.gle/qyNgBwtCN5TPaYzb6
  • Please read manual which addresses the KIDS FIRST! criteria for endorsement and the format for writing your review.
  • If you have any questions about what you read, please email them to us here.
  • Once you complete reading this manual, please send us a sample 200 word minimum evaluation of any current film/TV show/ Digital show rated PG-13 or younger.
Training Goals


  • Learn how to evaluate and critique films, TV series or other types of media using the KIDS FIRST! criteria and format.

Evaluation Process
Using KIDS FIRST! Criteria
Evaluation Format
Rejecting a Title
Review Reminders
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