Our family has recently instituted family movie night. We typically order a pizza and gather around the tv to watch a classic Disney movie or a newly released animated film. On those nights where we’re uncertain of what we’re going to watch, it’s helpful to have feedback that tells us what’s great about a movie and what to be cautious about.
That’s the thought behind Plugged-In, a Focus on the Family website designed to help parents choose the right movies to watch with their children. The site reviews other forms of entertainment as well, such as music, television shows and video games. In addition to the media reviews, you’ll also find articles on discerning what media is right and age-appropriate, pieces of information concerning trends in youth culture, and advice on how to sift through media.
What our family has found most helpful is that it allows parents to know what to expect in movies and other forms of entertainment so that they are better prepared to discuss the themes and messages of entertainment with their children. With Plugged-In, movie nights become a time of family discussion and family learning.
Check it out and make sure you’re informed about what your children are consuming.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
Other resources helpful for media discernment:
- Book: Tech-Savvy Parenting by Brian Housman
- Book: Plugged In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski
- Website: Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
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