Do You Really Obey Film Ratings With Kids?

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    fierycjposted 14 years ago

    I mean you've got U, PG, PG 13, 15,and all that. What if its a really cool movie, like 300 or Sin City for instance, but its got a lot of violence and some sex in it. What do you do? I mean, do you really obey the codes? Are you that strict to the latter is what I'm asking? Parents with kids, Uncles and Aunts with nephews and nieces, babysitting hubbers post away!

    1. Anna Erwin profile image60
      Anna Erwinposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      No, not usually.  I think most of them are stupid.  I have seen cartoons rated G that I think are more "damaging' to my kid then PG13 films.

      If there is too much blood or violence in them, then she can't watch it even if it is a really cool Ninja flick or something.  Really it just depends.

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        fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        interesting, well you better keep them away from the anime movie Ninja Scroll - its cool as hell, too! smile

    2. earnestshub profile image81
      earnestshubposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yep! Very careful what the little ones watch. The older children get to break the rule if the movie is hot, and it is deemed by their mom that a particular child is old enough for a particular movie. So no, do not always stay strictly within the guidelines smile

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        fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Flexibility with carefulness. That oughta do the trick. smile

        1. earnestshub profile image81
          earnestshubposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Works OK fiery, and I agree with Irohner. We make the decisions, the ratings for cartoons can be a mess as stated, and I have noticed the "token violence" for ratings too..

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            fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, and you gotta watch out for those Japanese anime. The drawings look cute as hell, with big ol eyes and everything, but when you watch it, its got sex and people slashing heads off! smile

            1. earnestshub profile image81
              earnestshubposted 14 years agoin reply to this

              Ouch! Thanks for the heads up fiery, I will make sure to be careful of that.

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                fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

                You're welcome, ernest. Anything to ensure the kids keep their innocence for as long as possible. smile

          2. lrohner profile image68
            lrohnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Well, then, I hope you are homeschooling them. Cuz if you're not, they are getting quite the education,and u need 2 be prepared to deal with it!

  2. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 14 years ago

    No freaking way! I dare ANYONE to tell me what I can and can't do with my kids! If a movie had a pg 13, 15 and all that rating, I would view it first and figure out myself as their mom whether they could watch it and/or when I needed to put my hands over their eyes!

    Although, too many movies that would normally be G rated have writers that throw in a few seconds of blood, sex or something else to bump it to PG 13. Jurassic Park (the original) is a perfect example. Sheesh. Cut it out Hollywood!

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      fierycjposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I trust your strong mindedness Irohner. smile

      1. lrohner profile image68
        lrohnerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, CJ. Although as a mom of 3 kids, I can tell you that most moms that I knew were just lemmings that followed the ratings.

  3. PhilD41 profile image65
    PhilD41posted 14 years ago

    I can't say that we worry about the rating, but be preview everything before they see it and then make the decision.  Then again, our oldest is only three so we are a little more protective.  We also know him and his personality so just because a movie has a G on it, it doesn't mean it won't scare him or bring up subjects he is not able to understand.

  4. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    I was never a big fan of too much "passive entertainment" for kids under 13 anyway, so I think the occasional movie made just for younger kids ought to be enough of a treat for those younger kids. 

    Even then, though, previewing isn't a bad idea.  I bought "Land Before Time" (a cartoon for young kids) for my kids years ago.  We just popped in, started to happily watch it, and at one point it seems the baby dinosaur loses his mother.  Then there was a little bird (or something) who seemed to be eaten by something or else swallowed up in a fire.  I had three kids all break out in serious sobbing (hmm and yet lol  ).  I let them finish the movie because I knew it would end happily - but I hid the trauma-producing movie really well and vowed to preview all others in the future.

  5. Alastore001 profile image60
    Alastore001posted 14 years ago

    I personally think its a bunch of crap! Although there is a need for censorship, things are getting ridiculous these days.
    For myself, personally, i think you should be allowed to watch whatever you want. Within reason at least, i mean you dont want your young child seeing alot of nudity etc
    I have always been allowed to watch violent/scary or whatever movies, regardless of the content when i was a child.

    Of course this is also one of those subjects when it really comes down to what you allow for your child or however the person is related.

  6. Lady_E profile image61
    Lady_Eposted 14 years ago

    My friends kids do spend some time with me and sometimes I allow them to watch Cert 12 or 15. (one is 7, one is 11).
    I watch it with them and if there's any hanky panky in the film, I tend to cover their eyes playfully or stand infront of the telly.  Having said this, I wouldn't let them watch a Cert 18. That's a no no...

    1. dohn121 profile image82
      dohn121posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I remember back when I was in elementary school, when it was pouring outside, all the kids got hoarded in and we went to the auditorium to watch "Back to the Future."  Mind you we were all 5th and 6th graders and we all loved the film.  However, one kid's mom learned of this and threw a fit about her "innocent son" whose mind was "polluted" from watching the film.  She wanted to sue the school, the board of education, the town, and planet earth as showing her son the film "proved damaging."  Whatever took place, she lost in the end...Probably for being a pain in the rear!  We're talking about a rated PG movie!

      1. Lady_E profile image61
        Lady_Eposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        My goodness - talk about going OTT.
        I think there are some weird people around who are just waiting to sue the pants off any one for no good reason.
        "Back to the Future" is a favourite film for kids. smile

  7. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    There's always going to be a few of "those" parents.  When I was a kid I babysat for three little girls down the street.  The parents made it clear they only had Bible stories in the house, and I should not bring any other children's stories to read to them (like those "ever-evil" Goldenbooks for young children, with stories like the little engine that could and other "evil" like that).  In the meantime, the little girls were nasty little girls outside their home; and I never knew any little girls who enjoyed the game of, "Let's-think-up-and-say-all-the-dirty-words-we-know" like these kids did.   lol

  8. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    I monitor what our son watches however he has seen PG13 etc. if if there is to much violence or way to much sex then absolutely not he is to young and the world is bad enough why add more then they need. Let them enjoy life as a child without shoving it all in there face. Just my own thoughts. smile


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