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Sep 21 2012

Be careful what you watch!

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Picking out the movies for the A-to-Z movie list that hubby and I were going to watch was fun but we forgot to do one thing. Netflix sent the movie, we started it and then it happened. There was nudity! Needless to say that movie was stopped fast and shipped back. The one thing we had forgot to do was check what it contained. I can not tolerate nudity in movies. Swearing I really don’t like either. Violence I can put up with because well our world is violent. There are some violent movies that are just done in bad taste-in glorifying it and that does not make me happy.
Seeing that movie reminded me of parental rating sites. Websites that review the movie and some even categorize each of the different topics of concern-sexuality, violence, swearing, even smoking, drugs and alcohol. Plus giving descriptions of the scenes in vague enough detail to get the idea of what it entitles.

Each of these sites have different ways to rate them. I use the first two but the other three were also recommended.

Kids-in-mind I started using this one first a long time ago. I love the fact that they rate each category. They also have a search feature where you can search based on ratings you care about. They also have an app for the Iphone, Ipad and Android.

IMDB-TheInternet Movie Database(IMDb) is an online database of information related to films, television programs, actors, production crew personnel, video games and fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media. This one is more about the movies then about the ratings but if you search for the movie they have a parental rating section for each movie. They also have an app for the Iphone, Ipad and Android.

DOVE-Info taken from their site: According to Dick Rolfe, Dove Foundation cofounder and CEO, “We were frustrated because we felt inadequate to make selections on behalf of our children without watching the films themselves beforehand. And we didn’t trust the Motion Picture ratings; G, PG, PG-13 and R.” So in 1990, Rolfe and several other parents started reviewing and assigning their own ratings to films. At first they just made a sort of laundry list of movies they liked and handed it out to friends, family and church members. The list was such a hit that they decided to expand the idea and created the non-profit Dove Foundation dedicated to advocating for families and moving Hollywood in a more family-friendly direction. The Dove reviews, posted online at www.dove.org, are based on traditional Judeo-Christian values. There is a content chart and descriptions that gauge six criteria: Sex, Language, Violence, Drug and alcohol use, Nudity, and Other.

Plugged In-From their website: Plugged In 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 our reviews, articles and discussions, we 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.”

Common Sense Media-”Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.” They don’t only review movies but other forms of entertainment for young children to adults.

Now to go through the list and make sure they are up to my standards. Have you heard of these websites?

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