Children and Film Censorship

Aside from porn, do you censor your children’s movie watching? Excluding a kid who cries at anything that doesn’t look like a Smurf, do you allow your children to watch what you’re watching?

I don’t think censorship is the right word here. You haven’t stopped the publication or performance of anything, just controlled the content of what your child sees and reads.

  1. an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.

  2. any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.

Sure. Mine’s nine, so no R’s or NC-17’s for him. PG-13 might be okay, but it depends on the movie.

My kids are 16. So, they watch pretty much anything I watch.

In fact, the circuit has kind of been closed; there are some things that they watch, that I wouldn’t want to watch.

Saw IV, hello, I’m talking to you.

But now that they are of the age where I don’t think they’ll be traumatized by the odd “fuck” uttered in a movie and an occasional boobie here and there, I enjoy sharing my taste in movies with them. A few weeks ago, we were hanging out perusing NetFlix for something good to watch (the intant view thing) and I got them to watch Cannibal, The Musical with me. They loved it.

My son is a month away from 12. Up till he was about 7 or 8, he didn’t watch anything but G or PG. After he was about 8, we let him watch certain PG-13 movies—namely stuff like Lord of the Rings and The Last Crusade.
At this point, we let him watch any PG-13 except for stuff with overt sex.