Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty
On a related topic....
Am I the only one who thinks that frankness about sex and sexuality is good for kids? Not letting them watch porn, or read Playboy or anything like that of course, but just being open with them about it...like, tell them where babies come from, and answer their questions about it honestly, if they ask any. I've noticed that people who's parents were frank about it have far fewer hang-ups as adults, and are more likely to be smart about it and not engage in medically or emotionally risky behaviors.
No, you're not the only one. I believe in being open with my kids about sex. That has very little to do with whether it's appropriate for them to watch young adults having casual sex in a movie. Context is often something kids (young) don't have the perspective to understand.
Originally Posted by ugaimes
This is my thought on all of this: I like our ratings system. If you have really little kids, show them G-Rated, slightly older kids watch PG rated, etc. If you have questions about a movie, watch it yourself before letting your kids watch it. It is the parents' responsibility to try to make sure that their children watch what they deem is appropriate for their children...not the person some people elected as President. I agree that we should not mess with the integrity of a movie. We don't put pasties over the breasts on nudes in a museum when children visit!!!
The rating system sucks, in case you're interested
Really, when something like "School of Rock" (rude humor and drug references - mind you, I think it was ONE drug reference that went over most kids heads, and define "rude?") is PG-13 along with "Austin Powers" (nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor - nudity? sex-reatled dialogue?) -- tell me exactly how parents are supposed to know ahead of time???
School of Rock, as I've said - awesome kids movie for the 8-13 age group. Good story, nice message, family fun, and even heart warming. Austin Powers? Not so sure it's appropriate for the 8-13 group.
And take a look at your local movie listings. Very FEW movies are rated PG. They are just about all PG-13.
One drug reference makes a movie PG-13. They are fighting to make any movie with smoking (cigarettes) in it PG-13. "Rude humor" gets a PG-13 (though I'm not sure I know what that means). For my daughter who is 11, Disney isn't cutting it and most of the cartoons don't interest her. Live action PG movies? There are exactly two I was able to find listing locally, and only one I'd let her go see today (because the other my husband and I want to take her to). The Pacifier. The other one is Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
So when your kids want to see movies more than once every other month and they fall into this tough age group, PG ain't cutting it. And PG-13 is way to vague.
Maybe I'm just hammering home the same point over and over, and obviously I feel strongly about it. First off, this isn't censorship which I DO NOT agree with. This is giving parents the ability to pre-screen a movie and only THEN decide "okay, skip chapter 13 which has a little nudity/sex" on an otherwise okay PG-13 or "mute the cursing". It's like programming your v-chip TV to say "nope, no access to TV shows rated M."
They already do it to a LOT of music. You can buy the explicit version or the version where the bad words are bleeped out.
If you don't believe in it, don't buy DVD players equipped with it, or let your kids watch whatever they want. It's really very simple. It's not taking anything away from anyone.
And MAYBE, just MAYBE the movie industry will decide to make just a few more family-friendly films so we don't have to scower 6 movie theatres to find one rated PG flick.
I realize I"m ranting LOL
bare with me...
We have nearly 700 DVDs and are BIG movie watchers. Trust me when I say as a concerned parent, but one that certainly isn't a prude (and yes, I'm open with my kids about sex) - it is NOT easy to find a movie the whole family can see, or that an 8-13 year old is interested in that ISN'T overly sexual or violent.