Many people are quick to say that Americans are overly uptight about sexual content in the media; whether you agree or not, it never hurts to be prepared before you push play for your kids, especially where older movies are concerned. These tips will help nip unexpectedly awkward moments in the bud:
- Check out detailed movie reviews (like ours!) to look for potentially problematic scenes.
- For kids 7 and under, try to stick with movies that have simple romantic relationships and little to no innuendo or "action" (though a bit of kissing is probably fine if your kids have the stomach for it -- but many at this age find it gross!). Avoid anything with hyper-sexualized roles or sexual stereotypes, since this is an age when kids are really starting to take note of gender differences.
- For kids between the ages of 8 and 10, skip movies with nudity or simulated sex. It's also important to avoid media that portrays sexual stereotypes; gendered body part jokes are age appropriate, but demeaning sexual humor isn't.
- For older tweens, kissing and boy/girl social dynamics are fine, but all more serious/advanced sexual behavior should be by responsible adults and have consequences.
- Be ready to talk about anything that you -- and your kids -- might not have seen coming.
- Don't be afraid to say "no" to a movie your kid isn't ready for (or that you're not ready for them to see).
-Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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