Originally Posted by lindberg99
Jessy1019 - I know when I censor my kids' viewing of a movie, I'm usually hoping to accomplish me actually being able to focus on the movie instead of my 4.5 yo!
(I know that's not what you meant but that's just what I was thinking.) Will your 2.5 yo sit through a movie like this? My 4.5 yo sure wouldn't.
Yeah, my son will sit through it (or, if really bored, nurse and fall asleep). He is a good movie-watcher, just like his sister.
Not censoring is not to say I never go to the movies without my kids . . . when my son was a bit younger, and I didn't trust him to behave appropriately, he didn't come. But we never forbid our kids from watching anything.
|Humorous considering you disallow your children from watching anything that has some one who's adopted a child in it like... Angelina Joile.
I do?? Really?? I am quite certain I've never said that. I will not pay
to see something with Angelina Jolie in it, but that doesn't mean my kids aren't allowed to watch if they want to . . . they could always borrow the movie from the library or from friends who don't share our objection.
*avoiding emotional stress (the kids and mine)
*avoiding desensitising chilkdren to acts of violence
We've never censored, and we've never had issues with any of that. I was not censored as a child, and I've never had issues with those things, either. I think it's largely in the way movies are presented to a child . . . if they understand that what they're watching is fictional, there's very little reason to get stressed (beyond the adrenaline rush that is the point of watching something scary) or have nightmares. And I don't agree that fictional media desensitizes kids to REAL violence -- my kids are certainly capable of understanding the difference there.
|What do parents hope to accomplish by NOT censoring thier kids' viewing?
Keeping an open dialogue, sharing family time, talking about issues as they come up (movies and tv have helped to bring up things that wouldn't naturally come up in our family but that make for great discussions), being entertained, adhering to our values (which are decidedly anti-censorship), and treating our kids with the respect they deserve.
I think a lot of people grossly underestimate their children, and that's a shame.