I believe that folks who comment on books or movies they haven’t read or seen are intellectually dishonest. Since I haven’t seen The Hunger Games, or read the books, I am not going to comment on whether or not they are good or bad for kids.
I believe that folks who comment on books or movies they haven’t read or seen are intellectually dishonest. Since I haven’t seen The Hunger Games, or read the books, I am not going to comment on whether or not they are good or bad for kids. I do know that themes: good vs. evil and heroes or heroines fighting to save town folk are noble and worthy. The catch with these, however, is that the wars involve kids fighting kids. Many of you parents are familiar with the books and since you should always make the decisions about what your children see and read, I want to give you some important things to think about before you make that decision.
First, whether your child is four or fourteen, you be the one to make the decision about what books she reads and what movies she sees. I realize that teens can be unbearably naggy, persuasive and they throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way, but remember, they don’t process visual imagery and complex behaviors the way you do. And- the problem is, they don’t know this. Their minds capture and filter themes (especially graphic ones) from a very different perspective than adult minds. In short, what they see and read makes a different impression on them than the same would on you.
Second, don’t be duped by the lame arguments like: the world is violent and real so my son’s simply reading about/or seeing a slice of reality. Nonsense. Here’s the gaping hole in that argument. First, there is a difference between reading about violence and seeing it. Kids process images they construct in their minds from written words differently than they process large, hyper-real images on a screen. During the preteen and teen years, children’s minds are mentally pliable. They are being hard-wired. Our adult brains are already wired. So, when an image comes into a teen’s brain it melds into that wiring and sticks. It becomes part of his interior mental fabric.