Since having my son who is now 3 months I have been keeping my eye out on movies that are SUPPOSED to be for kids. I am so shocked at how violent some of these moves that are rated G and PG are. I’m not sure how much he will remember when he is older but I can’t help but wonder if the audio has an affect? Screams of terror no matter how funny the scene is can’t be good for him! The music that is played in the background… It’s just downright scary and personally I don’t think it’s right for a CHILD! Why do we want to scare our kids???
And how about the images? Can they make a ghost look any scarier? Zombies for kids? Not to mention the underlying messages in some of these videos… Witchcraft, the paranormal and supernatural worlds, sex, parents fighting, even some drinking and smoking. Obscene references that as an adult I find distasteful. This is a excerpt from mpaa.org
What is the purpose of the rating system?
Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of movies to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their children at any age. After all, parents are best suited to knowing each of their children’s individual sensitivities and sensibilities to pick movies for them. Ratings are assigned by a board of parents who consider factors such as violence, sex, language and drug use, then assign a rating they believe the majority of American parents would give a movie.
I don’t think they are rating some of these properly. Maybe it’s because I am a new mom and I’m over protected but seriously if we as parents let our children watch some of this GARBAGE from such a young age is it any wonder that they are unaffected by the presence of God??? They see the supernatural world in many TV shows and movies! It is scary how enthralled this world is with this subject! There is only ONE way to the supernatural. It appalls me that some of these movies that are rated G and PG are for ages under 13!
I have been asking myself as I’ve seen some of these films… is this beneficial to my child? Will my child be improved by this experience? Will the sounds give him nightmares??? No child should have NIGHTMARES because of a movie they saw! Even Disney movies often have a sad and tragic death of a parent or pet or sibling. WHY??? What’s the purpose? It surely can’t help a child’s mind!! Not to mention the violence! I understand that some of it is meant to be funny and it is TO ME… but to a child, I just don’t get it.
I am not trying to be super weird mom or super spiritual but I believe that all this has lasting effects on children. What they see, what they hear… For now I think I’ll stick to Baby Einstein and Veggie-Tales! And Adventures in Odyssey and McGee and Me. Call me old fashioned but is it ever too early to start teaching “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things”…
As a new parent, perhaps I’m over thinking or going overboard. But it scares me the “entertainment” that is available to such young and impressionable minds.