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    We are still deciding about a lot of this, as our kids are growing up. Apparently we aren't very strict w/ language (oops), and while I do not like sex scenes, I'm okay with a minute or so of nudity in a movie- particularly a behind, what is the big deal? Movies we judge on a case-by-case basis. I don't want my kids to have nightmares over scary movies, but I also don't want to over-shelter them from violence either. They do watch fighting movies, and I'm fine w/ that. I don't like monsters, vampires or gory movies, and I wouldn't let them watch stuff like that, in part b/c I wouldn't watch it myself. My ODD is wanting to read some books that I'm not always sure about. I've been screening them if they come from the adult/teen sections of the library. She wants to read Hunger Games and Divergent, and some kids her age have, but after reading them myself I decided to wait. Just because she can read them, and they don't have anything I don't approve of for her age in them, doesn't mean I think she should read them. My thought is that if she waits a few more years, the books will have a deeper meaning to her. I don't think she'd get everything that happens in the books right now, at 12, like she would at 15-17. I do want her to read them at some point, though! I think they are great books that provoke a lot of thought.
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    Hubs is an avid gamer -- he decides what is best and I trust his judgment. I believe hubs varies by particular game not by rating. We've explained to our son how some parents monitor video games more closely, so to always be aware of what is allowed if around other kids or parents.

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    We aren't following the suggested guidelines AT ALL. Some movies that are PG or even PG-13 we've already watched. He's seen the Avengers (mostly, we skipped the part where Tony flew into the other world). He's watched Star Wars whatever the 4th one is named. He's watched Doctor Who. For us, it isn't age, so much as maturity level and what will give him nightmares. If he had my husband's imagination, I could show him the Indiana Jones where the Nazi's melted and he'd be fine. Unfortunately he has my imagination and I still get freaked out by the Luck Dragon from Never Ending Story (seriously, that thing is creeepy!!)

    Games we don't really screen, but he just plays whatever my husband has for now, and he's not really into first person shooters. I think the most graphic is a Star Wars Bounty Hunter game. Mostly he enjoys the Lego games and Disney Infinity.

    Books? I may screen. Especially if its an author I've never heard of, or that just is firmly in the "if this was a movie, it wouldn't be made as it's too freaking graphic".

    Mostly, we screen to avoid nightmares and get a good nights sleep. :-)

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    I screen pretty heavily. My oldest son (7) is also very sensitive. He would cry over the Blue's Clues Big Musical Movie when Sidetable Drawer would start to sing a song in a minor key. That took us months to get over. Could never watch Winnie the Pooh either because of the minor key music and the scary talk about the huffalump.

    Now he's older, he's less sensitive. I was prepared with the remote to fast forward during the tunnel scene of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (I remember being terrified by that - apple not far from tree, etc.), but they were like, no mom, that's not scary at all.

    But I still screen. I rely on common sense media a lot, and usually preview as well. I feel lucky in a way, because they are not exposed to other kids on a regular basis telling them what they should like, so they are perfectly content watching content for "younger" kids and also "girl" shows. We watch a lot of of Disney Jr and PBSKids, because I like how the characters (mostly) treat each other with respect. Movie wise, so far we have stuck to older stuff (Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka, Jungle Book), Studio Ghibli stuff (Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo) with some newer stuff that I've previewed thrown in (The Lorax, Knight Rusty). I tend to avoid most Disney stuff due to the insipid gender stereotyping.

    As far as books, Capt. Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid will probably never make an appearance at our house, because of the reasons others have mentioned above. However, superheroes are on my boys' radar, and so we do have graphic novels aimed at the littles crowd as well as easy readers about superheroes. None of those have the violent content that I probably will have to deal with someday. My kids have no interest in picking their own books (other than superheroes) so right now I am able to load up our library cards with my choices.

    I don't care about nudity. But I do care about violence, sarcasm, bullying, and mean/disrespectful behavior in general.

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