Parents’ Choice Announces Website and Small Screen Awards -- Parents’ Choice Award Winners Offer Products to Encourage Creative and Playful Learning Opportunities

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Parents' Choice Foundation announces the Website and Small Screen Awards. Designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents' Choice Awards is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media. The Website and Small Screen Awards program honors the best material for children in the categories of software, videogames, DVDs and websites.

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Today’s youngsters, termed digital natives by some, expect their learning to be part classroom, part playroom. Parents’ Choice Award winners in the small screen category are well aware that products designed to encourage learning, must employ age-appropriate tools in creative and imaginative ways.

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.    

“Through play, children learn and develop skills, define rules and try out roles,” stated Claire Green, President of Parents’ Choice Foundation. “Today’s youngsters, termed digital natives by some, expect their learning to be part classroom, part playroom. Parents’ Choice Award winners in the small screen category are well aware that products designed to encourage learning, must employ age-appropriate tools in creative and imaginative ways.”

Designed to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents' Choice Awards is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media. The Website and Small Screen Awards program honors the best material for children in the categories of software, videogames, DVDs and websites.

Using an extensive, multi-tiered evaluation process, the Parents’ Choice Awards Committees have selected the following products for the Fall 2009 Website and Small Screen Awards:

Parents' Choice Award Winners: SOFTWARE

Parents' Choice Award Winners: VIDEO GAME

Parents' Choice Award Winners: DVD

Parents' Choice Award Winners: WEBSITE

The Parents’ Choice Awards evaluation process is a lengthy and confidential one designed to benefit children, parents, caregivers, librarians and educators not producers or manufacturers. Looking for products that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate imagination and inspire creativity, judges are interested in how a product helps a child grow: socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically and physically. Products must be free of bias. Above all, products must not extol violence - especially important in the videogame category.

About Parents' Choice Foundation

Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. An independent testing and information organization since 1978, Parents' Choice is dedicated to providing trusted recommendations for books, toys, music, video games, digital media and more.

We review, evaluate and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. The Parents' Choice website, a public service resource, serves as a clearinghouse for children's media and toys. For more than 30 years, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and healthcare professionals have relied on Parents' Choice for suggestions to help foster an environment for kids to read more, play more and learn more. For more information visit Parents' Choice.

About Parents' Choice Award Seals

The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of varied skill and interest levels from infants to young adults.

The Parents' Choice Award seals are a distinguishing mark of quality and achievement.

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