Resolution #2: Make Wise Media Choices With Ok.com

This is one of a series of articles with suggested resolutions for the new year. See the other suggested resolutions.

Many families struggle to find the information they need to make good decisions about what movies to watch in today’s world where family-friendly movies are more the exception than the rule. I’ve written before about good movie review sites for families.

Today I want to talk about a new website that uses technology to generate age-appropriate movie choices customized to your personal taste.

OK.com is a family-friendly tool produced by Deseret Digital Media. It offers a more helpful alternative to the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system. It combines user-generated recommendations to give you an age recommendation for every movie.

Using Facebook, you can invite friends and build a network where you share recommendations with each other. OK.com then predicts which movies you will like by a combination of computer algorithms and an analysis of what movies your friends like.

For example, consider the cases of “Forever Strong” (a film about a high school rugby team) and the Tom Cruise movie “Rock of Ages.” Both films have a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, yet OK.com users believe “Forever Strong” is safe for a 10-year-old while “Rock of Ages” should be limited to ages 17 and above.

Once you’ve decided on a movie, the system will tell you how you can get the movie: (1)  streamed at home through Netflix Streaming and Netflix DVD–and soon Amazon Instant Video and iTunes, (2) which Redbox locations have the DVD in stock, or (3) if the movie is still in theaters, it provides locations, times, and ticket prices.

Learn more about it in the Deseret News article “Websites, including new OK.com, seek to help families make media choices.”

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