What do you think about children under 10 seeing PG-13 or R rated movies?

United States
August 18, 2007 9:23am CST
I'm curious. With more and more movies that are definitely not made for children being marketed to them what do you think about children seeing movies that are rated PG-13 or R. Our 6 year old wants to see Spiderman 3. We watched the first one and said absolutely not! It was way to violent for his age and would have scared the pants off of our 3 yr old. Do you let your children watch movies that aren't rated for their age? Honestly I find that our kid are afraid of some G movies. That scary fish in the middle of Finding Nemo comes to mind.
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@meemingNEW (2228)
• Philippines
18 Aug 07
I think that parents should be more cautious in choosing movies that their children should watch since it will definitely affect them in some way especially if they watch PG-13 movies or even rated R. The children still has innocence in their minds and hearts, let us not expose them in to those movies which is not suitable/appropriate for his age. Since I'm not a parent yet, I am thankful that my parents didn't expose me into violent movies when I was young. It was my friends who introduced me into watching rated R movies, etc.. So, parents should do something about it. To raise their child properly and to protect their children from those violent movies.. :)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I agree I think that parents need to be careful with the movies their children watch. We always watch a movie first at night while they're asleep to see if it's ok for them to watch. Sometimes it's been ok but I have to say very rarely have we found a movie that they could watch without being scared. I don't understand why they market products for kids that are way to young to watch the movie that the product comes from.
• United States
18 Aug 07
I don't care what a movie is rated, G, PG, PG-13, R. I'm watching it first, then I'll decide. Of course, now my youngest is 16 and come to find out his real mom had let him see more than any child should see on TV and in real life, so my efforts to shield him were futile to say the least. I say that parents should use their own discretion.
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@carissa765 (1098)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I really think it depends on the ability of the child to ditinguish between Movie and reality... Some children have problems with doing this. Yes while some 6 year olds are able to watch the pg-13 movies and even some R movies and know that they are fake and know that they cannot play like that and it also be fake, then I feel it is okay... That is why there are those parental discression warnings on things, because it is up to the parent to decide wether or not their child is able to do that. I let my 5 and 6 year old watch Harry Potter and all the other movies that are pg because my children have learned the difference between real and fake at an early age and I have found that they really don't have nightmares. I don't know if that is normal or not but I feel it is good. I like to be able to watch movies with my kids and them understand what is going on instead of not know and be afraid of it.. My children are NOT overly violent do to the exposure, and do not have any nightmares due to it either. Again I think it depends on the parent and the child or children. If your kids are scared of some things like the fish, which was really creapy looking, then I would say no.. Thank you for the interresting topic It really made me think about how my kids react to sertain movies and how much I need to think about what they watch. I have the parental locks on the tv but my kids figure out the passwords and I have to change them every 3 months or so. So hopefully they don't get to watch the R's before I realize they have figured it out.. LOL Thanks again
• United States
18 Aug 07
I'm glad you liked this topic :-) Have you noticed though that it seems that what was pg or pg-13 10 years ago would be rated G now? It seems like they are packing a lot more violence into shows that are rated for children. I'm even noticing it on cartoons. I'm glad that your children don't seem to have a problem watching movies like this. Have you tried doing passwords that are just made up of letters that stand for something like this....Harry Potter is great...so the password would be HPIG, then maybe you can add some numbers to it. They might be less likely to figure out what the password is if it's not a real word. Thanks for the great reply.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
19 Aug 07
My son is 8 and we do allow him to watch some movies that are rated PG-13 and even some R movie (think back in the day when an R rating is now a PG or PG-13 rating). The rule is that we have to go see or research the movie first to approve of it. There are some movies - like Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, The Simpsons - that we did let slide, but we had seen so many previews that we decided they were okay. There are so many kids movies - Finding Nemo, Bridge to Tarabithea - that are for kids, marketed to kid, and are not kid friendly. Like everything else in life, you have to be an aware consumer to make the right decisions for your kids and only using the ratings as a guide.
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• United States
19 Aug 07
I let my children watch most any movie. My son is 7 and will be 8 in January, and I let him watch R and PG-13. I make my children realize the difference between fiction and reality. He and my daughter both know the difference between scripted and reality. They know violence is bad, they know there is not a boogey man.My kids know not to use "potty words".
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
18 Aug 07
I have three children. I have never told them they couldn't watch something becouse it might scare them. They have no bad dreams or anything like that becouse of what they watch. When my youngest was three she watched Freddie vs Jason with us and loved the movie and didn't find it scary at all. I think It is all in the way you take care of them. If you tell them it is scary they think it is. If you tell them its not real they believe that to.
• United States
18 Aug 07
We tried that with our children and it didn't work for us. I think it depends on the child honestly. Our kids have extremely active imaginations and it doesn't take much to get them started on thinking up something outrageous so movies just feed that for them. I'm glad that your children don't have this problem. Seem so far we're the only ones that do.