Archive for September, 2009

The Fall TV Line Up, or the Fall of TV

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Every fall season marks the promise of something new, but really, Hollywood has been recycling for years. This season isn’t so much new as it is familiar—old shows have been reworked and popular trends repackaged.

Regular moms are out. Cougars are in. And while bad behavior is nothing new to television, it does seem to be a bigger part of this fall season. Perhaps in a bid to compete with pay channels, the networks are testing censor buttons on issues of language, sex and general civil behavior.


Welcome to Read More. Play More. Learn More.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Welcome to the Parents’ Choice blog, a place to read more, play more and learn more about
children’s media and toys, and the people and policies that shape them.

Read, Play, Learn

We’ll host a variety of news stories, commentary and interviews. And if we stir up a hornet’s nest or two along the way, so be it. But if we do, it will be with thoughtful consideration, civility, and genuine concern for the subject matter at hand.


ASHA Safe Listening Series to Travel West

Friday, September 18th, 2009

On September 22 at 10 a.m., the Glendale, CA, Civic Auditorium will be the site of a free American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) safe listening concert for nearly 1,000 area first- and second-graders. The event will be part of ASHA’s national “Listen to Your Buds” campaign (, which educates the very young about practicing safe listening habits such as turning down the volume and taking listening breaks when they use personal audio technology.


The Parents’ Choice Fall 2009 Small Screen Awards

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Each year, thousands of new websites, software, games and DVDs are developed for children of all ages making it difficult for parents to screen every product their child encounters before the next version arrives on store shelves. In addition to the “fun factor,” parents look to software, video games and DVDs to provide creative and playful learning opportunities for their children.

Small Screen Awards