Ever heard the verse in the children’s Bible song O Be Careful, Little Eyes, “O be careful little eyes what you see?” The premise is to be careful what you watch. In other words, good input equals good output, and bad input equals bad output.
Just like my Seeking Wholesome Children’s Books blog on March 2, 2015, I’d wanted to share with you our family’s challenge with finding good programs or movies to watch.
We four agreed to turn off any entertainment which contains foul language, suggestive body language or uses God’s name in vain. You’d think this would be an easy task. However, it’s turned out to be a lot harder than we thought. I can’t count the number of times we’d be watching an engaging program, then we’d hear,”Bleep,” and have to change the channel, because the FCC blocked a curse word.
I remember when my then five-year-old son was watching a cute movie called Stuart Little, and a white cat pointed its rear to the camera and said, “Talk to the butt.” It may seem innocent or funny at first glance, bu I didn’t want my kindergartener going to school the next day and telling his classmates or, worse yet, his teacher, “Talk to the butt.”
Even established family networks like Hallmark we’ve enjoyed for years are growing increasingly suggestive. Most of their latest movies have leading ladies wearing skin tight or low cut blouses. It’s disappointing when your child says, “Look Mom, you can see her crack,” while you are watching a wholesome Hallmark movie.
There are numerous movie rentals my husband and I have turned off for foul language or using God’s name in vain. I think back how excited we were to watch a “grown up” movie called Avatar. After about fifteen minutes, we turned it off, because a lady popped out a space capsule commanding, “I need a ‘GD’ cigarette.” Is this kind of screen writing necessary to the story? Seriously!
Lastly, we’ve see a trend with the various cartoons and tween shows who have sassy characters who belittle their friends or parents. Who finds that funny?
A couple of resources we use to rate family friendly entertainment is the Dove Foundation and Common Sense Media.
The bottom line is, when we come across some inappropriate material, we find something else and discuss it as a family. That way our children get much needed answers to their questions. These discussions often lead to precious teachable moments.
In the end, my husband and I only have 18 short years to raise our kids at home with good principals and morales. Then, they’ll leave our nest and make their own choices in life; viewing or otherwise.
What does your family do to find good viewing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Our family walked out of Disney’s new movie Tomorrowland due to shocking scenes such as a female robot being beheaded, and a little girl robot being ran over by a truck. Not to mention deception, vandalism, and inappropriate language. Sad!