Moms Talk Q&A: Movie Night

How do you know which movies are OK for your child to watch?

We're starting to see the trailers for the big summer movies coming out this year.

But when it comes to letting your child see a film that may have some adult content, how do you decide what to let them watch? When are they old enough for a rated-R movie? Is it more a question of maturity than age?

These are the questions the Woodbury Patch Moms Council will discuss this week. As always, we encourage you to add your comments in the section below the story.

Kris Janisch April 07, 2011 at 12:08 AM
That makes sense. Do schools talk with young kids about the terrorist attacks during the anniversary each year?
Nancy April 07, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Oh yeah, there have been times when the girls were younger & the movie that we are watching was heating up. Whether it's a Mom thing or what, since I wasn't in control of the remote, I would produce a fake cough & if that didn't get attention, asking 'who wants popcorn?' Got the movie stopped, follow by 'a look'. Distractions restuling in'hey look at the time' or bypassing the part, resolved the issue. I can just hear our daughters when they are older..'do you remember mom start coughing during some shows... now I understand'...similar to Kris' memory.
Tonya Holt | Primrose School of Woodbury April 07, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I can't comment on the 9-11 question. But I have told my kids they can't watch what I consider "tween" t.v. My kids are on the younger side - and I feel much of the content on Disney and Nick deals with dating, kissing, boy/girl relationships, etc. I never understood why my parents wouldn't let me watch certain shows as a child -- and now, the disrespect I hear in the tonality of some shows, and the lack of adult supervision is shocking to me. (What goes around - right?!) ... We've begun borrowing series of Little House on the Prairie, and Punky Brewster 'p) Our kids love them!
Kim April 07, 2011 at 04:48 AM
My kids are still young enough that it's not really an issue, however I can already tell with my son that violence will be the issue he has to checked on. There are many fears about bees, tornados, ghosts, at our house. He already grasps the concept that there is language that is appropriate for adults in some circumstances that is not appropriate for his life. As far as news coverage, we are just starting to have him watch the news and ask us questions about what he sees.
lynn betzold April 10, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Heck! It was a horror movie commercial that came on during prime family time tv that was the last straw for us as a family. Turned the tube off entirely! We play wii and borrow dvds. Kids play so much more imaginatively now! ...and have little to no nightmares!


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