Generation Xers and Baby Boomers may remember their parents cupping their ears or parents using their hands to block their kids from seeing inappropriate content, often during evening television movies. When VCRs and recorded media allowed parents to hit the pause, then quick rewind button, the technological advantage gave parents more control over what their children saw on television.

Today, social network technology allows parents to exchange ideas among themselves as to what movies and shows are appropriate for children at various ages and maturity levels. Who has time to pre-screen movies, especially that which you plan to watch with your kids? What if someone else you trust was first to see a new movie and could tell you whether you would let your kid watch it or what parts of the movie to quickly skip over?

Starting a social network of trusted parent movie critics may be a fun way to share information and stay connected with others while doing your part to oversee the content your children may watch.

What may be appropriate for one may be off limits to another

Just like some parents are “helicopter” and others “free range” in their parenting, some parents allow some children to watch television programs, series and movies that would be forbidden by other parents. Your content choices for children can be based on your decisions as a parent as to what is appropriate for your child. Even though certain programs might be fine for some, there may be others who object to certain themes and ideas to which they do not wish their children to be exposed. For this reason, it is a better idea to communicate with other parents you know, like and trust, over the advice of people you don’t know personally.

Creating a group of trusted friends and parents who screen content

Even if your group is a few close friends and family member, you are off to a good start in building a team of trusted content collaborators. As you meet new people and parenting topics arise, you can invite someone to your screening group. Not only will your friends find appropriate things to watch, they are likely to find out about television programs, series and movies they may not have otherwise known.

Launching a Facebook group to share information with one another

Creating a group on Facebook is easier than you may know, easy as 1 -2 -3 when you use this link: How do I create a group? Before you start building your group page it is a good idea to write out the general rules, terms and conditions of group membership which can be included in the section that describes the group. You can decide to make the group open to the public or make it private for only you and your trusted allies in parenting. Consider making other people administrators for the group so they can approve posts and make posts and changes to the group page and its settings.

If you create a Facebook or similar socially networked group, you will likely receive many positive comments as well as questions about various programming. You and your friends can be your own movie critics. Just remember, the more people you invite to the group, the more opinions you might have to evaluate when selecting appropriate television, series and movies for your children.

By Nick Augustine, Lone Star Content Marketing

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