Movies Inspire and Broaden Kids’ View of the World

Movies are a powerful tool parents can use to further educate and broaden their kids’ view of the world. Some films teach our kids about issues affecting people globally by reducing the larger problem into a single case we can relate to.

With this in mind, I selected a few documentaries to be in my book, “101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up.” Among them are “March of The Penguins” and “Super Size Me.”

"101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up" by Suzette Valle. Quarto Kids 2015.

“101 Movies To See Before You Grow Up” by Suzette Valle. Quarto Kids 2015.

These two important films are also on a list published by Common Sense Media in the article titled “Movies That Inspire Kids To Change The World.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but movies can be particularly powerful for kids and teens. Whether it’s the environmental message of FernGully that gets young kids thinking about the Earth differently or a documentary like Super Size Me! that inspires kids to change their eating habits, this list of movies can spur action. Many of these films have a specific aim to persuade viewers to think a certain way, so parents can help kids understand different sides of the issues as a means of keeping kids media savvy.


Check out the rest of the list and watch these educational films with your kids. Inspire them to change the world, too!


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