When your kids get to be teenagers, it gets easier and harder to do things you both enjoy.
Easier, because they’re older and can do more. And harder, because they are now their own person with interests that may not match up with yours.
Watching movies is something that most families can do together…if you can agree on a film.
My youngest casts a wide net when it comes to movies he enjoys. He’s definitely into the superhero flicks, but also enjoys stories with a slightly less predictable plot, a little out of the mainstream.
Unfortunately, many of these films are full of sex and language that we’re not comfortable with.
Take Charge of the Movie Content Your Family Watches
I’ve written about Vidangel before, but their system has changed and I LOVE IT even more!
In the past few weeks, my son and I have watched Fargo and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Both films have lots of ‘F’ words, nudity, and sexually explicit language.
But not at our house.
I was able to go in and set the filters I wanted before we watched. Filters are available for language, sexual content, violence, and more. And my favorite feature is that I get to be specific in choosing what we filter.
Each category allows you to click in to get really specific content to personalize your filter.
My advice is to filter the minimum that you’re comfortable with. To do this, don’t just check the full categories. Keep zeroing in until you get to the most specific filters and choose from there.
This will give you the most seamless viewing.
How it Works
It’s all streaming now, which is super easy. So you just sync it with your Netflix, Amazon, or HBO streaming and you’re set.
Unfortunately, you can’t watch every movie through VidAngel. They are still involved in a lawsuit with some production companies claiming censorship. (Companies that are all to happy to have their movies filtered to appear on television).
And what I really don’t think they get is that without being able to filter the content in the film, we wouldn’t watch it. It’s our job to protect our kids, yes, but also to teach them how to view responsibly as adults.
My husband and I have skipped lots of movies that we wanted to see because there was one nude scene. And we talk to our boys about these choices to apprentice them into making wise choices themselves.
You really need to give this service a try. It’s super affordable! We’ve got a list we’re working our way through, and I just can’t say enough positive things about our experience. Love it!
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