January 10, 2006

So What Do You Let Your Kids Watch/Hear

Another "we are discussing this on an e-mail list I'd like to know what you all think" question.

A friend's child carpools to school. The parents are fairly strict about what they let their child hear/see in terms of media. For some time now one of the carpool parents routinely listens to a program of the type parent keeps away from the child. I don't want to name the type of show because that is actually irrelevant.

What I want to know from moms and dads out there is:

How do you (or do you) filter information to your children from outside sources? What do you filter out? And what do you do when information comes from sources beyond your control?

Posted by Rachel Ann at January 10, 2006 07:23 PM | TrackBack

We're generally pretty liberal as far as these things go. Though a few years ago my daughter (probably 7 or 8 at the time) got a Baby Sitters little sisters book that started with something like, "Mommy got married to Jack and lives one place. Daddy married Mary and lives someplace else." We didn't let our daughter read that. In general we don't let them watch PG-13 movies; though there have been a few exceptions.
Perhaps you're interested in: http://jschick.blogspot.com/2006/01/nothing-goyish-apropos-of-my-post.html
That I found today via hirhurim.

Posted by: David Gerstman at January 10, 2006 08:18 PM

I was very strict with what my daughter was allowed to see or hear, and asked that anyone caring for her respect my wishes.

I did this until she was around 12, then she, FINALLY, understood the difference between entertainment and fact, that just because somebody is on the TV or radio is no excuse to believe them blindly. That entertainers frequently say or do things outrageous just to get out attention.

Posted by: Julia at January 11, 2006 02:31 PM
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