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How to Watch Movies with Kids: A Values-Based Strategy
Are you concerned about the movies that your kids are watching? Are you looking for help to guide your children to make wise media choices?
"C'mon, Mom, everyone's seeing it," your child says to you. The latest movie is out in the theater, and though other parents are taking their kids, you're not quite sure if you should take yours. The kids have seen the billboards along the road, the advertisements on TV, and know the characters from the toys in their last fast-food meal. They have heard other kids talking about the movie-and so, says your little one, why can't I go see it?
What do you do? What is your strategy when it comes to your children and their media consumption?
As a parent (or anyone raising kids these days) you have your job cut out for you when it comes to media. The Church calls media "gifts of God," but the messages presented by the media do not always agree with our core values of love of God and love of neighbor. You want not only to pass on to your children good values, but also the faith and morals that you believe in.
Sometimes the media can help, but oftentimes it presents a challenge.
How to Watch Movies with Kids offers practical tips, questions to ponder, and resources to help you build your own family strategy for dealing proactively with media influences.
Sr. Hosea Rupprecht has worked in the field of media mindfulness and media literacy for many years, and in this book, she brings her expertise to you-so that you can make your own decisions and strategies for media use to fit the needs of your family.
Features & Benefits:
- Includes an informative resource list
- Features a section of family activities to be used in conjunction with the book
- Includes discussion questions that can be used as is or adapted for every family
About the Author:
Hosea M. Rupprecht, FSP, holds an MTS from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto and a Certificate in Pastoral Communications from the University of Dayton. She is currently an associate at the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, California. Over the past fifteen years, she has facilitated various film dialogues for both children and adults, as well as given presentations on integrating culture, faith, and media.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Parents facing the challenge of keeping media in its proper place and not at the head of the table will delight in Sr. Hosea's advice on transforming family movie time into experiences of true communication with our children."
- Mary Margaret Keaton
Author of Imagining Faith with Kids
"As a parent of four grown children I have always felt that communication is the key to having an enriched and life-long relationship with our children. Sr. Hosea [provides] tools to help facilitate great conversations with kids when it comes to viewing and interacting with media."
- Terri Anne Palmer
Director of Religious Education, St. Augustine Church, Culver City, California
"[Rupprecht] shows how to find teachable moments without taking the fun out of family movie viewing."
Pauline Cooperator, Newark, Delaware
"Starting with that all-important notion 'ask questions,' Sr. Hosea develops her very effective media mindfulness strategy for the whole family. The wise use of examples and study guides takes the book up a notch beyond the offering of theoretical ideas."
-John J. Pungente, SJ
Director, Jesuit Communication Project, Toronto, Ontario
Binding: Lay-flat paperback
Category: Inspiration / Family Life / Parenting / Media Literacy
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches
Keywords:Media literacy - films - media