Next, consider how a movie sounds means considering the language of the movie and volume (especially if you are going to a movie theatre).
Lastly, how will the movie make your child feel? Will your child learn an important lesson or something about a particular topic? Will they feel scared or happy about what occurred in the film.
Through using these strategies you can begin to plan for discussions you want to have with your child before and after their view the film. And, most importantly, this strategy applies to children of all ages as many older kids benefit from parental discussion on topics they are exposed to through digital media.
Parents can also utilize online resources, such as Common Sense Media and ParentPreviews.com, as well as apps like Kids-In-Mind to search age-appropriate media content and access reliable reviews.
Common Sense Media:
- Great information about introducing movies to your children; including information about content, parent feedback, and even short videos and articles about relevant information to guide parents.
- Explore content by age and read reviews
- Reviews include “parents need to know…” which is information on topics or points of possible concern in the movie (for example, for the film "Finding Nemo" the review points out there may be scary moments even though there are no traditional bad guys in the film)
- They even include a section titled “families can talk about” with prompts for family discussion.
- The main goal of this site is to give parents an idea of what they will encounter when they take their kids to the movies. With that in mind, they look at a film's violence, sexual content, profanities and substance use as well as both positive and negative themes included in the script.
- They have a great page that includes information about Movie Rating Information around the world (including the US)
Both of these sites view content with a very critical lens and it is worth utilizing their resources as part of your movie planing (whether you are viewing in the theatre or at home).