Positive Effects of Movies on Children

By Jan Czech
Watching movies can be a good experience.

Movies often get a bad rap, but under the right circumstances they have a constructive influence on children’s lives. Movies encourage children to hone their imaginations. They provide children the opportunity to develop language skills and promote socialization and family interaction.

Parental Awareness

R-rated movies are not family oriented.

Knowing what movies are appropriate for children is a parent's responsibility. For a positive viewing experience, familiarity with the movie ratings system is a must.

Socialization

A group of happy children.

Movies encourage group interaction. Learning to function in a group setting is imperative to a child’s growth.

Educational

Movies enhance kids' learning experience.

Movies introduce children to cultures, historical events and stories with which they are unfamiliar. Movies used in classrooms enhance learning.

Entertainment

Movies are a source of entertainment.

Movies are enjoyable for children of all ages. They stimulate children’s emotions, imaginations and conversations.

Family Time

Movies bring families together.

Grab some popcorn and rent a movie that is appropriate for everyone. Family movie night is a fun activity that brings families together for fun and bonding. Also, according to the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of America website, talking about movies gives a parent a jump start on having difficult conversations with children.

Warning

Violence in movies has negative effects on children.

According to the About Kid’s Health website, watching violent movies can result in bedtime fears, recurrent nightmares, flashbacks, disruption of concentration and a fearful view of the world.

About the Author

Jan Czech has been writing professionally since 1993. Czech has published seven children's books, including “The Coffee Can Kid," which received a starred review from School Library Journal. She is a certified English/language arts teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Niagara University.