So how do you turn ‘watching a movie together’ into an opportunity to teach your child something important.
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[00:00:00] How do you turn watching movies with your family into a teachable moment? Let’s find out.[Music]
[00:00:15] Hi, I’m Cath Hak from Sex Ed rescue. Sex Ed Rescue is a channel where we talk about love, sex, pornography, and anything sex ed related. If it’s relevant, we’ll talk about it. Today’s teachable moment is how to turn watching a movie into an opportunity to teach.
[00:00:41] Now, I’m not sure about you, but my family watches a movie every Saturday night. I used to do some work or knitting during this time, but as the kids are getting older, I’m more aware that this is a chance to spend time with my family. It’s an opportunity for us all to get together and watch a movie. I even drag my husband along, even if the movie that the kids pick is a bit boring.
[00:01:30] But, when we watch the movie as a family, something could happen. If I watch this movie with my kids, then I can say, ‘Oh what do you think of that? What would you do if that happened to you?’ With this movie, I can talk to my kids about so many different things.
Now, I have a twelve-year-old daughter, and I’ve noticed that she wants to watch the same shows as her friends. Before I let her, I always check the movie on Common Sense Media because you can type in the name of a show and find comments, age reviews, and important information. It saves a lot of time and you can make an informed decision easily.
[00:02:22] After I check out the show, we sit down together and watch it. This is a great opportunity. Now, recently my daughter wanted to watch Pretty Little Liars, so I looked it up. A lot of the show’s values weren’t the same as my own, but my daughter gave me a good enough reason. While my daughter and I watched it, we sat there and pointed out all the sexualized messages we see, which I loved.
So, we looked at the fact that this one girl meets a boy and after five minutes, they’re in the bathroom making out. We even talked about sexual things, behaviours, and slang. We found so many teachable moments.
[00:03:20] Early teenage years is a great opportunity to talk about what they see on TV. But this can come down to values. You can totally avoid topics. Depending on my mood, I might avoid certain topics, but I still find that putting on shows that may not be age-appropriate is a good idea.
At the end of Pretty Little Liars, I asked my daughter if she thought this show was good for her age group, and she even said no. She said, ‘I don’t think it is age-appropriate. It was interesting, but I didn’t understand a lot of what happened. I do want to know what happens next though.’ So, we had a chat about it.
[00:04:15] This opens a lot of conversations. When you watch a TV program with your child, you can either sit back and watch it or talk about it. This can be as simple as saying, ‘I remember that used to happen when I was a kid. Do you think that kids do that now?’ These are good conversations.
[00:04:39] Anyway, I hope that helps. If you’ve got any questions on this sort of stuff or even the TV shows, comment down below. I did find a great sex education book the other day that was about 60 AUD, so I only borrowed it. But it talked about different books and TV shows you can use for sex education.
But, that’s all for now.