One of the main goals for this blog is to give parents resources that help with things going on in their student’s lives. That is the starting place for today’s post.
My son is currently 5 years old and he is starting to become more aware of movies that are coming to or already in the theaters. He sees the trailers and gets excited about what he sees. Now most of the trailers are for movies that are to old for him, but some like the Lego movie, are something he might enjoy.
What you are facing as the parent of a teenager and movies is something so much greater than my current struggle in this area. With all the movies coming out and your students wanting to see the latest movie, how can you know what your student will be exposed to BEFORE you let the go see the movie?
The traditional way was to go see the movie yourself, then make the judgement. You may still want to do this, but I want to offer you another way.
There is a great website found at www.imdb.com that will you all the details on the movie in question. Details like plot, actors, rating, and can even help you showtimes in our area.
One of the best features is called Parents Guide: View content advisory
(Screen shots will be included at the end of this post.)
This feature breaks the movie or TV show into 5 categories:
Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
These categories are given a 1 to 10 rating for how little or much the movie contains.
Within each category you will also get a description of why the that category got the number rating it did.
All of the screenshots for this post are for the recent movie Divergent.
You can get this information on any movie by going to imdb.com and searching by movie title.
This is the page that pulls up when you search “Divergent”.
When you scroll down the page you’ll find what the storyline is, some other information, and the Parent Guide link and rating. Click on the link that says “view content advisory”
A new page will open up that looks similar to the one above. From there you can see all the questionable material in the film and can make a decision based on what you see.
My goal is to help you make the best decision for you and your student. My suggestion would be that if your student wants to see a movie that has far to much questionable material, tell them that. Let them know why you feel it is wrong for them to go see it. Be open and honest with them. This will go a long way.
If it’s a movie that is borderline. Go see it together and then debrief when your done. This will provide a way to have conversations about limits and reasonings for not seeing certain kinds of movies.
I take advantage of this site all the time and know that as my children get older, it will help me to make the best decisions I can.