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I know I’m not the only one who has heard that a movie is wonderful and then been surprised during the movie that so many had taken their kids to see it. Whether it was a scary scene, explicit drug use that I wasn’t prepared to explain quite yet, tough emotions or other scenes not quite right for your kids, how do you decide if a movie is right for your family?
Common Sense Media is usually my “go to”. I don’t pay as much attention to ratings as I do the “What parents need to know” guides as well as the comments.
I usually check out the descriptions to find out more. For example, if the “violence” meter is high I’ll check out the description and comments to determine what type of violence (human, robots, blood etc).
My kids will go to this site now as well to check out older movies and video games.
Kids In Mind is another site to check out.
As kids get older, I feel like PG-13 and R movies range SO much in the type and amount of inappropriate content that it can be hard to tell based on a preview. I’ve also learned not to necessarily go by what “so and so’s” parents let them see because it feels like other kids have seen a lot of movies mine won’t be seeing any time soon (10 and 12 year olds who have seen the Hangover, for example, wouldn’t be allowed in my house).
We all take different approaches in parenting and this is just a step that allows me to make the best decisions in media for my maturing family.