Selecting an appropriate movie for your child can be difficult or even overwhelming for some parents. There is a lot more than just knowing the rating of the movie and these tips are designed to help parents determine what is in alignment with their personal guidelines.
A great starting point when considering a movie for your child is a strategy I call "Look, Listen, Feel." Begin by thinking about whether a movie looks appropriate. For example, consider what is seen on screen (is the movie violent? are there scary looking characters? etc.).
Next, consider how a movie sounds means considering the language of the movie and volume (especially if you are going to a movie theatre).
Lastly, how will the movie make your child feel? Will your child learn an important lesson or something about a particular topic? Will they feel scared or happy about what occurred in the film.
Through using these strategies you can begin to plan for discussions you want to have with your child before and after their view the film. And, most importantly, this strategy applies to children of all ages as many older kids benefit from parental discussion on topics they are exposed to through digital media.
Parents can also utilize online resources, such as Common Sense Media and ParentPreviews.com, as well as apps like Kids-In-Mind to search age-appropriate media content and access reliable reviews.
Common Sense Media:
Both of these sites view content with a very critical lens and it is worth utilizing their resources as part of your movie planing (whether you are viewing in the theatre or at home).
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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