A couple of weeks back I was talking to a friend of mine about the movie 300 and my son was listening to our conversation. The movie 300 is an inspiring and enthralling story of King Leonidas, who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian “God-King” Xerxes and his invading army of more than 300,000 soldiers.
My son, a 10-year-old boy, curiously asked “Shall we watch that movie on Amazon Prime today?”
The movie is rated 18+ and contains sexual content, violence and use of foul language– not suitable for kids. At first I wondered how I will find a way to explain to him why it was not suitable for him. Then I found a fantastic analogy to explain this concept to him and got into a conversation.
Me: That movie is not for kids.
Son: Why not? Is it scary? I don’t get scared.
Me: It’s not just about being scared. Ok, let me ask you this question. When your younger brother was born, for the first six months he was fed with milk and nothing else, remember?
Son: Yes, and he was not able to digest even that sometimes.
Me: Correct, now think about feeding Chapathi or bisibele bhath to a 6 months baby. Do you think it is a good idea?
Son: Oh no! not at all. He doesn’t have the teeth to chew and stomach to digest.
Me: Exactly! Just like how food is processed in the stomach, information is digested in the mind. When a movie is said to be 13+ or 18+ it means that a child younger than that cannot digest the information and will suffer if they do. So, it is good for your mind that you don’t watch such a movie.
Son: (Nodded convincingly)
This is not a child lock on our personal TV, but a lock built into their minds that they can easily pass on to others.
5–min–craft concept video is a huge hit on YouTube. I and my wife were once browsing through some 5–min–craft videos. After watching a series of videos as suggested in related videos section, we found that there were video suggestions in the related videos section that were not appropriate for kids. This was a shocker to us as a lot of content otherwise was made for kids.
During the pandemic several parents resorted to mobile games to keep their children indoors. This increased the screen time for kids and the probability of accessing content that may not be appropriate for them.
To reverse this phenomenon is going to take longer. Instead, you can try these tips to ensure that your kids are not exposed to inappropriate content on the internet:
Most of the apps like YouTube & Amazon have parental controls that can simply be switched on or a separate profile can be created for kids. These settings can also be made at a device level that filters content that contains nudity or disturbing visuals, that are inappropriate for kids.
– Vallish Kumar S
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