Every Friday night, my family gathers around our living room for Pizza Movie Night. Plates piled high with pizza and cups with lids (because we spill a lot) sit in laps and on the oversized ottoman. Because we rarely turn the TV on during the week, the kids buzz with excitement. Mom and Dad exhale the final breath of our week-long race, wordlessly proclaiming, “we made it through another week.” We have one final problem to solve: what movie will we watch?
Barrett asks for Dinosaur Train. Sarah Kate is on the look out for a happily ever after tale. Claire votes for any movie that originates in a comic book. I want to share an old favorite from back in the day. Dad wants anything without a current or former Disney star. Five different opinions with only enough energy to stay awake through one movie.
In addition to entertainment preferences, we have to vet our choices through the parent filter. Does it have language, sexual content, questionable morals, amplify the wrong message, champion the wrong values? We also want to make our weekly movie count for something—to teach the power of kindness, the rewards of courage, and the wideness of our world. Many nights we end up watching The Andy Griffeth Show. Maybury always delivers.
What if we had a tool that not only helps filter out the bad but also brings positive content to our Pizza Movie Night?
Just like a good superhero, SmartFeed is here to save the day! SmartFeed aims to give parents an easy, convenient tool to out-shout the disappointing stuff by filling the screen with credible, compelling good stuff.
SmartFeed endeavors to help parents take back entertainment by giving them a digital media management tool to easily:
- Curate digital media (apps, TV shows, movies, books, games, music)
- Deliver the content real-time across platforms, devices, and subscriptions
- Manage kids’ usage and connect to what they’re consuming
- Connect to other parents reviews and media parenting experiences
Using SmartFeed, I can create a playlist of family-friendly movies to watch every Friday night. No more flipping through Netflix, scrolling through Amazon or opening our archaic DVD binder. I simply hop on SmartFeed and select a movie from my Pizza Movie Night playlist.
Beyond Friday Night
SmartFeed also helps guide media use during the week. With kids (6-13) consuming, on average, more than nine hours a day of digital media, more and more we’re allowing media to surreptitiously raise our kids. Much of popular kids digital media at best disappoints parents; at worst violates childhood. Parents can create playlists for each child, including movies, TV, apps, and books. SmartFeed makes it easy by creating expert playlists for us, such as:
- Apps I Can Play With My Kids
- Character traits (movies, apps, and books that inspire gratitude, courage, honesty)
- Educational (including topic-specific categories such as history, current events, and math)
- Book lists such as “12 Books Before 12yrs Old” and “Great Books Before Bedtime”
Expert reviews are available, as well as parent ratings for positive role models, positive message, violence, sexual content, and profanity. You can filter choices based on your platform (Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, etc). Age ratings accompany each selection making it quick and easy for parents to help children make wise media decisions.
The search bar makes it easy to find media directly related to a topic. For example, a search for poverty uncovers great documentaries such as Living on Dollar, classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as Disney’s Aladdin. Any of these choices would make for a great post-movie discussion on the effects of poverty as well as ways we can make a difference.
Take a few minutes to explore SmartFeed*. I think you will find it to be a valuable resource, making your family’s media choices smarter, easier, and more intentional. (Email and RSS subscribers click here to watch the video.)
(Excuse me while I head over to SmartFeed to watch a little something off Mama’s Playlist!)
Find my review of the SmartFeed app at Hollywood Jesus.
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