3 Ways Parents Can Exercise Media Discernment This School Year
By Katherine Harrington, Contributing Writer.
Summer is almost over, and children are going back to school. As your children are learning in the classroom, you might want to use the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the variety of content available to view.
As fall begins, new TV shows and movies hit our screens. Here are three ways you can have media discernment as fall routines begin to set in.
- Know what your children like to watch.
If you are knowledgeable on your children’s interests, you can steer them toward a morally based movie. If they like action movies but seem to be viewing ones with lots of foul language or sexual content, steer them toward more wholesome options. MOVIEGUIDE® will help you find entertaining movies that are suitable for the age and development of your children.
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- Train up your children in the way they should go.
When we teach our children to search for high-quality media with morally based truths, we then give them a foundation for these decisions.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things,” Philippians 4:8 (NIV).
Give your children the gift that God gives us: His Word! Instruct them in the way of the Lord, and they will have a strong foundation for structural guidelines that prioritize the good, the true, and the honorable above all else. Help them hide the Word of the Lord in their hearts, and God will take care of the rest.
- Know That You Can Trust MovieguideⓇ
MovieguideⓇ is your family guide to movies and entertainment with in-depth reviews that tell you exactly what’s in movies and TV shows so you can make the best decision for your family. MovieguideⓇ not only provides quality reviews, but also examines every aspect of media, from foul language to false religions. With family as the center of the ministry, Movieguide® takes very seriously the impact of the media on future generations. MovieguideⓇ supplies reviews that are realistic and detailed so that you and our children will be able to make informed decisions on the movies and TV shows you would like to watch.
Your media decisions should be informed so that you can enjoy media but not at the expense of your morality. Check the alternatives, teach your children to define what is true, noble, right, pure, admirable and lovely. God will bless the rest.