I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that is is getting harder and harder to find family friendly movies, not only for kids, but adults too. My husband and I have made a commitment to guard our eyes and ears from the slew of inappropriate movies/TV shows/songs/books that seem to dominate much of American culture these days. I have to tell you, that it isn’t easy. There are hardly any movies/TV shows that we feel very comfortable watching. Movies and games that were once intended for children are now loaded with sex, language, and violence. In my very honest opinion, it is very sad. We do not have children yet, but for those of you that do…I can only imagine how difficult it is to guide and raise them in our media centered world. I wanted to share with you a few services that will hopefully help you to make good choices for your family.
The first is Plugged In Online. Plugged In Online is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through their reviews, articles and discussions, they hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” I often visit Plugged In Online to read a review on a movie before heading out to the theater or renting a movie.
The second, Common Sense Media, is relatively new to me, but also sounds like a neat service. Common Sense Media the leading nonprofit organization offering free expert advice, ratings, and reviews — by age — of the latest movies, TV shows, video games, books, music, and websites. They are committed to creating a positive media experience for kids and families in a too much, too soon culture. Common Sense Mediadistributes a free weekly newsletter full of new reviews and valuable advice. They are also currenlty offering a free two week trial of Disney Digital Books when you sign-up for their newsletter.
So, what do you think? Have you used either of these services? What do you do to protect your family’s eyes and ears?