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Old 01-20-2019, 07:34 PM
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I am a realist. I know that my kids will watch things I don't approve of. I did when I was a teen, and back in the good old days that was a much harder feat. Now, with so much access, it's so hard to monitor what they watch. Because even if I don't have access in my house others do. They can just borrow account passwords, watch at school, etc. And parental controls are a joke. My kids always figure them out.



I'd just love to hear what other parents of teens do in regards to tv and movies for their teens? Do you have a ratings limit for them? Do you watch together? Is it anything goes?


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Old 01-20-2019, 08:15 PM
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My youngest is 13. As far as movies I let her watch pretty much whatever as long as it's not explicit sex. She watches horror movies with her friends and chick flicks. As you said, I'm a realist. They can access it anyway.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:22 AM
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My ds is 13 and I let him watch most all movies. I take a hard stance on explicit sex and drug use. He doesn't like horror but loves action and violence. He also plays video games with shooting and violence, but not drugs and sex like GTA.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:27 AM
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and had a TV and computer in her room from about 12-13 on. We limited her a lot until then. When we discouraged/omitted certain shows, we would talk about it and let her know what we thought about them.

I watched many of her favorites (Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, Vampire Diaries, the teen mom ones) with her in the living room and we talked about the topics brought up. I think open communication is key. Watch and listen for topics, words, sleep patterns, whatever.

I believe they can't learn to make good choices without opportunities to practice. This is one of the safer areas to do so, relatively speaking.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:03 PM
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Let's just say I watched Pulp Fiction with my 15 yo son last weekend....


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Old 01-21-2019, 02:35 PM
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Explicit sex is the interesting one I think. Dh and I watch a few shows that have fairly explicit sex, and we tend to watch them in our room. But I'm starting to feel like I'd rather my kids watch sex on tv with me (not that they'd want to!) than watch it alone in their room or watch porn. Or I'd rather them watch shows where the sex may be explicit but the women are not objectified and it can actually bring on discussion about healthy sexual relationships.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:52 PM
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Funny thing is once my kids grew up they confessed that they occasionally went around our low tv time/movie time rules and most of the time they did not like what they saw. We have had many discussions over the fact that dh and I protected them a bit too much over the real world. It's at times a good idea and other times not. Good luck to all parents.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:01 PM
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But I'm starting to feel like I'd rather my kids watch sex on tv with me (not that they'd want to!) than watch it alone in their room or watch porn. Or I'd rather them watch shows where the sex may be explicit but the women are not objectified and it can actually bring on discussion about healthy sexual relationships.

This was my big thing about Deadpool. I told my son he could see it BUT he was going to watch it with me AND discuss it with me . And, oddly, that movie did feature consensual, loving, non-objectifying sex.

If you're old enough to watch it, you're old enough to talk to me about it.
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