What’s on Tonight? TV, Movies, & Our Kids

I love to watch TV! In fact, some of my favorite downtime at the end of the day is getting to watch a favorite show we have recorded or to start a movie.

But with kids, there are often so many things to be careful about regarding the TV shows and movies they watch. We definitely draw boundaries as to the type of shows and movies that our boys watch, but sometimes they hear from friends about other shows and movies we would not let our boys see. So how do you decide what to let your kids watch?

CommonSenselogo.gifOne resource that I have used for evaluating movie and TV content is Common Sense Media. They provide a target age range for every movie and TV show and even video games, books, and music. Common Sense Media gives an age that they evaluate media to be appropriate for and then evaluates content based on several subject categories: Violence; Language; Sex; Consumerism; Drinking, drugs, & smoking; and Message & role models. Check out their evaluation on the new video release of Bolt to get an idea of how their system works.

PTC logo.jpgThe Parents Television Council is another good source for information regarding TV shows and what kids are actually watching. Check out their research on the best and worst TV shows for kids.

No matter what tool you use to evaluate shows and movies, sometimes the best option is to sit and watch shows together and talk about what you are watching. So many times even the best shows or sporting events can have commercials that are violent, sexually charged, or promote alcohol, so the best bet is to be involved and communicate about media with your kids.

Are there other tools you use to evaluate movies and TV shows? What are the best shows that your kids watch?


  1. I have referred to Focus on the Family’s website Plugged In [http://www.pluggedinonline.com] for many years! We always check it out before taking the kids to the movies! It is like getting the full scoop from a cautious best friend!
    For kids TV, the show Word World on PBS has been a favorite. I think we are pretty conservative with kids tv at our house…if there is a character in a show that has a consistently bad attitude or one we would not want our daughters to have, we drop the show. It has been really helpful for us to have the TiVo KidZone in effect so their shows are available, and ours are password protected. That way, they don’t accidently stumble onto something we wouldn’t want them to have pictured, such as a show with guns or violence or the like.

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