The Children’s Media Foundation

Resources for Parents

Links to organisations providing advice, resources, research, information about regulation and how to complain...

The AAP Media Plan offers a resource to help parents create a "media plan" for their families so that children of all ages can adhere to the screen times recommended by the American Academy of Paediatrics.

Ask About Games answers questions parents and players have about video game age ratings and provide advice on how to play games responsibly.  The site is sponsored by video game publishers in the UK – who are keen to ensure only suitable games are played by children and young people.

Advertising Standards Authority - advice for parents on the ASA role in protecting children.

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) Their website is a mine of useful information on how film ratings are decided, and what they mean. They also have a child and family friendly website CBBFC

CHECK - the Children's Ethical Advertising Kit is a resource for advertising professionals to ensiure they deliver best practice when they communicate with children and young people.

The Good App Guide - provides independent reviews of children's apps.

The Good Toy Guide - independent advice and evaluation reports on toys, and how play helps children develop different skills.

Mediasmart is the body promoting the Digital Adwise campaign offering parents information on online advertising.  Their children's advice pages are here. See their latest promotion video.

Netaware is the NSPCC guide to the social media networks kids use.

Ofcom is a good source of current research on children and their media usage, media literacy and parental attitudes..

Parentinfo is expert information to help children and young people stay safe online, for schools to host on their own websites.

ParentPort - a one-stop-shop for Britain's media regulators.
"Seen or heard something unsuitable for children? Maybe it was a programme on TV or online, a film, an advert, a video game or something in a magazine. At ParentPort you can find out about the standards we expect from the media, make a complaint and share your views with us.”

PhonePay Plus regulates premium rate telephone services, which now includes in-game and media download costs.

Research for Parents - CMF's accessible answers for many parental concerns round their children's media use, based on the best available academic research.

The UK  Safer Internet Centre Research Highlights Series offers synopses of key research reports on matters of concern for parents.