Positive Effects of Movies on Children

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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.
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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

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

Educational

Movies enhance kids' learning experience.
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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.
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Movies are enjoyable for children of all ages. They stimulate children’s emotions, imaginations and conversations.

Family Time

Movies bring families together.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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