Recently, I've been reminded of the importance of discussing media boundaries and content filters with our family.
- Did you know that with the advent of Netflix (and other
streaming content providers), even some cartoons and anime have
pornographic themes in them? Even though I previously spent hours
adjusting the toggle content filters on Netflix, I (re)discovered that
doesn't mean everything that comes through is appropriate. One reason is
because Netflix constantly adds new toggle filters so I've learned you
have to return to your settings every few months to update them. Here's
an example of a TV14 cartoon called Chobits that made it through my previously set Netflix toggle filters that upon parental review, we will not be watching. Here's why: http://www.imdb.com/title/
- Discussing and applying media boundaries and content filters to what we watch is important as adults as well. Political
dramas like House of Cards (a Netflix original series) was originally interesting to
me when I first heard about it (thought it might be like The West
Wing). But before I watched it, I read the IMDb.com online review and decided
the graphic language and nudity made it unacceptable viewing for me. Same thing with Breaking Bad / Homeland /
Mad Men / Game of Thrones. All of these shows are critically acclaimed award winners readily available on Netflix (except HBO's Game of Thrones) but the online reviews say they also contain graphic language and nudity.
Hopefully, if we continue to discuss WHY we choose what we do, our children will understand the significance of media boundaries and content filters and maybe even adopt them as their own when adults! In the meantime, please do share if you have a helpful media tip or resource. I'm preparing and eventually will share in church a topical series of presentations re:media and a Christian response to it so could use your help! I'm grateful as we turn our eyes upon Jesus, the things of this world grow strangely dim and that by beholding Jesus we still become changed (2 Corinthians 3:18).