Babble Talk: Do You Screen Movies Before You Let Your Kids Watch?Devan McGuinness
There are rules in place in our house when it comes to anything having to do with violence or weapons.
I have chatted before about our stance on play weapons, particularly play guns. I have debated with some of you over where we stand and our reasons behind them and they are still firmly in place for our son and 2 daughters.
We aren’t any more lax when it comes to what our kids watch on television either, though I do find our “ban” changing as our kids get older. Just like with toys, we don’t like our kids watching anything that promotes violence for fun, violence for no “real” purpose other than to just make it “interesting” and we do our best to steer away from those movies.
For the most part, kid movies don’t have a lot of violence in them. You will find some where a character gets hit on the head or has some random accident, but rarely will you find one that has guns pointed at other characters and fired for the sake of entertainment.
It does happen though! Which is why we have made the conscious choice to make sure we screen the movies before our kids watch them, even if they are marketed to kids.
One of our favorite movies for ourselves and our kids came out with a sequel a couple of years ago. The first story was great; it had loveable characters, a great message and was entertaining for the kids and for me. I love when the movies are given a second breath and a new movie comes out because it usually is a big hit with the kids.
This sequel was horribly disappointing though! It was all about spy characters now with explosions, name calling, guns and it felt very unnatural — put there for the ‘entertainment of boys’. We couldn’t allow our children to watch it because there was just too much out-of-place violence in it.
My kids also scare easily and I am surprised with how scary some of the villain characters are in children’s movies. I don’t want them to be up having nightmares (and trust me, they will) so we also screen movies prior to our kids watching for this purpose also.
My parents did the same for me growing up, but from what I understand there are many parents out there who don’t. I don’t know if it’s a difference in what we’re okay with our kids watching or if it’s not something that’s been considered important by other families.
I am curious though, so tell me in the comment section below, do you screen your kids movies before you allow them to watch?