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My neighbor gave my almost 4 YO ds a pokemon video <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I am not happy with it but he is super excited to watch it. I notice it has a PG rating, but he choose it over a lot of more preschooly stuff she has, and DH managed to avoid spider man. Is this ok for a little kid to watch? I live under a rocka nd no virtually nothing about pokemon, is it really violent? Help!
 

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It depends. We're gamer geeks and love that anime type of stuff, so I let my 4yo watch it, but shows like Barney are banned. I agree super heroes like Spiderman are too violent for young children.
 

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Its one of those maybe kind of things. I think you need to watch it and see what you think. I personally thought it would be more violent. And actually now having watched a couple find the commercials more awful and often more violent. (speaking of awful commercials - during americas funniest videos in the evening there are the most horrible movie commercials we have to shut off)<br><br>
My son was introduced to Pokemon via his friends at preschool. Another friend of mine, who is very careful of what her children see or do not see, allows pokemon. So we eventually let him watch one of the shows on a desperate cold/wet afternoon. He gets to watch it now and then. We tape it and fast forward over commercials. Oh but my son was 4 1/2 before he saw it.
 

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My daughter LOOOOVES Pokemon. I think it's pretty benign, generally. The Pokemon "fight," but it's more like a sports thing -- they don't get hurt. There are many heavy-handed messages about friendship and getting along and all that.<br><br>
The movies vary; the first Pokemon movie is the most intense of the ones I've seen (it's called "Pokemon: the First Movie -- Mewtwo Strikes Back") -- no one ends up getting hurt and they all learn to get along in the end, but it's fairly dark in tone. The others have been kind of crappy in terms of quality, but benign. If your video is a bunch of the TV show episodes, those seem to be pretty innocuous.
 

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They're evil. Just wait until they want to buy all those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"> cards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Seriously, I regret that ds got into those things. He loves them still. The one plus I will give them is he learned to read out of a *strong* desire to know what those cards said. So maybe not all evil but just about. JMO <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ugh. Ds is hooked on Pokemon, too. He's more into the movies and the website because he likes memorizing all the names and what kind of Pokemon they are. Weirdly enough, it has strengthened his reading skills. He got some of the trading cards for stocking stuffers, but doesn't understand the "value" of them yet.<br><br>
My ds is a sensitive child and is disturbed by a lot of TV and movie content. For example, Disney movies are completely out. He seems to really enjoy the Pokemon movies and I haven't seen content in them that I completely object to. I agree with the other pp's -- preview any future movies to see how you feel about them.
 

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I don't see anything weird about that! Passionate interests are a great road to improving reading skills.
 

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My 14 yr old hsing dd's interest in Pokemon as a younger child has morphed into her wanting to take continuing ed art classes at a very excellent art college.<br><br>
She's sweet as pie, and deep as the coean.<br><br>
I don't know if that helps you feel better...lol. Maybe not.<br><br>
But jes sayin'.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't see anything weird about that! Passionate interests are a great road to improving reading skills.</div>
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And we silly adults never do know what it is that will spark a passion in our children.<br><br>
One person's trash is another person's deep interest.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">And we silly adults never do know what it is that will spark a passion in our children.<br><br>
One person's trash is another person's deep interest.</div>
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Ain't that the truth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I miss the old theme song though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Seriously though it's a pretty good story and while there are battles they are not really violent. It's a pretty good story IMO
 

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We have cards, a movie, comic books, and a t-shirt. Ugh. Ds loves Pokemon. I have no issues with it. People get hurt, the Pokemon may get injured, but everyone always recovers. It talks about doing good deeds, helping your friends, and never uses any harsh language. I think it is pretty G rated.
 

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my oldest LOVED pokemon--he is 16 now and would be so embarassed. it can become an obsession-but isn't really violent. We preferred it over the then super popular power rangers which I hated!! I never could understand the popularity of THAT show.
 

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You guys are gonna laugh at me, but I used to play with Pokemon cards....when I was in middle school (yeah I'm young lol) I even still have one of those gold plated pokemon cards they sold at burger king when the first movie came out.<br><br>
Honestly its pretty harmless. And in some cases I think it does help develope skills that they would use in school or every day life.
 

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We love Pokemon!<br><br>
I like the shows cuz the world is complete, they've thought of everything. The Pokemon battle but it's not really cuz they're mad or want to hurt the others (ok, usually this isn't true...there are a few episodes about rogue Pokemon). They have a special relationship with their trainers (humans) who care for them and guide them. I think it's awesome.<br><br>
I love the Pokeworld. And it's been a major part of our lives for a few years now.
 

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almost 26 and still like pokemon here.<br><br><br>
That being said we limit our almost 5 year old on how much pokemon he can watch. He LOVES it, but we notice that after he watches it he wants to throw balls at the cat and people. He is very imaginative and comes up with episodes on his own now.<br><br>
But he gets to rent a pokemon movie maybe once a month, we rotate what he can and can't rent from the store and we don't buy movies that will overly excite him it seems.<br><br><br>
Just have to have a conversation explaining that we don't throw balls and animals when he watches the show.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">almost 26 and still like pokemon here.<br><br><br>
That being said we limit our almost 5 year old on how much pokemon he can watch. He LOVES it, but we notice that after he watches it he wants to throw balls at the cat and people. He is very imaginative and comes up with episodes on his own now.<br><br>
But he gets to rent a pokemon movie maybe once a month, we rotate what he can and can't rent from the store and we don't buy movies that will overly excite him it seems.<br><br><br>
Just have to have a conversation explaining that we don't throw balls and animals when he watches the show.</div>
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That's cute. I know, it probably scares the cat, though. Bad idea. LOL My dd also writes out detailed scenarios with the characters. Last year, she filled a sketch pad with ideas for a Pokemon theme park. A few months ago, she wrote a Pokemon version of the song, "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly..." I'd share it but she's a bit shy about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Trust me, it's cute.
 

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The pokemon fighting is more akin to earning belts in martial arts. It's nice that the people characters don't fight each other. So kids playing pokemon pretend to throw pokeballs at each other and shout "Picachu, I choose you!" rather than pretend to fight each other directly. The language includes words like stupid and loser. I like it much more than I thought I would.
 

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I find the whole pokemon thing annoying as heck. But I think that's mainly because DD wants to buy every product ever made that is even remotely associated with Pokemon. And there's what, over 300 characters? Sorry to say that it drives me nuts, especially the video games. I have a serious aversion to "collector" behaviour.<br><br>
guess I should suck it up, eh?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I find the whole pokemon thing annoying as heck. But I think that's mainly because DD wants to buy every product ever made that is even remotely associated with Pokemon. And there's what, over 300 characters? Sorry to say that it drives me nuts, especially the video games. I have a serious aversion to "collector" behaviour.<br><br>
guess I should suck it up, eh?</div>
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493 Pokemon now.....<br><br><br>
I had the first 151 memorized when i was about 17... stopped trying after season 2 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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