I will be the first to admit that I use the streaming services Netflix and Hulu to entertain my children while I focus on other tasks and obligations. Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services are useful for parents because they contain children’s television shows and movies for their kids to enjoy and learn. There are a wide variety of children’s shows and movies to select from with some content being positive and the other negative, so it’s important to me to be able to recognize the content that influences my children in a negative manner. I don’t just let my kids pick whatever they want to watch because that content might corrupt their behavior and attitudes in society. For example, I no longer let them watch Power Rangers because I noticed an increase in violent actions like fighting and screaming, which are behaviors that I do not condone.
No show or movie is perfect, but there are certainly better options to choose among than others. I can definitely say that I edit what my children are able to view. The shows and movies that they watch must be educational, have a good moral story, and be fair in treatment of gender, race, and ethnicity. The following shows and movies have been analyzed with a critical lens by myself and are the current shows that I’m letting my kids consume. Continue reading