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Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Digital-media dog offers a super primer for young users.

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Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius provides a basic overview of several popular digital media uses, ranging from safe Internet searches to texting and posting appropriate content on websites.

The videos and other items feature a kid-friendly tone, music, and intermittent jokes, and they're short enough to hold kids' interest. The tips are mostly general media use guidelines -- for example, avoid posting things that would embarrass you or someone else. As a result, the site content likely will work best for younger children; it doesn't go into in-depth detail about some of the more nuanced situations tweens or older digital media users may come across. However, the site -- which PBS designed for kids age 6 to 11 -- can serve as a helpful introduction to responsible media use practices before those circumstances arise.

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