I have the parental controls on my tv BECAUSE my children have proven to me they cannot be trusted
My older kids are 13 and almost 17 and they will put on House(which I love) or CSI among other things when the little ones who are in the room.
My 4 year old is scared of the Harry Potter ads for goodness sake..she is so sensitive.
They have their own televisions and can watch pretty much whatever they want at the age they are at now as long as it doesn`t become all they do.
I kind of just play it by ear with the kids. They are all different, some more sensitive than others. My oldest LOVES scary movies, my 13 year old won`t watch them.
The little ones watch dvds and treehouse mainly.
BTW...my experience is that when my older kids were pre teen they were very mature and we did discuss tv and what I thought they should or shouldn`t watch and they pretty much made wise decisions. When they hit their teens, that changed, particularly with my oldest.
and I am totally against censorship...but I think I have the right to choose for myself and my family until my family are mature enough to decide for themselves. It`s not like the movie goes away. My 13 year wanted to see 8 Mile when seh was younger and I said no. She recently watched it and was ready for it I believe. I asked her, should you have watched that when you were 8 or 9, do you think it`s ok for `V` (my neice) to watch and she agreed it was too much for her.
anyway..I have to run but I am enjoying this discussion.
This is where I'm coming from. My 13 year old ds is very mature and logical. Logical being the key. He gets that the corpse is makeup. Of course he certainly didn't see corpses at 8 years old. My 10 year old ds is so sensitive. I absolutely will continue to keep him from any sort of violent or scary movie/TV as long as I can. He has nightmares from reading! I can't imagine what his life would be like if he could view some of the things on TV.