Friday, June 5, 2009

What is the best way to figure out what to let children watch?

Start with enforcing MPAA ratings.

If we believe that our experiences have a strong influence in who we become and, if we believe that experience is required to properly process complex information (e.g., realistic and strong violence, sex, horror) then parents should make protecting their children's minds a top priority in today's media environment (TV, movies, CDs, DVDs, games, magazines).

Experienced minds are better equipped to clearly differentiate fantasy from reality and can more easily dismiss things that are not aligned with who they are or who they want to be. And, unfortunately, experience takes time to acquire - - our children more than anybody need time to develop it.

So, what is so wrong about not letting children/teenagers see PG-13 movies until they are 13? Or, not letting them see R-rated movies until they are 17? Is their development going to suffer or are they just going to be better prepared to process the information?

And, even as they cross these thresholds, we should instill in them the sense that they still need to constantly protect their minds by being very selective about what they choose to get exposed to.

Maturity/experience = better processing. Why rush it?

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