At our last event, we discussed how we as parents can use the media to help our children develop discernment and a Christian worldview, instead of letting the media determine our child’s worldview. It is all about teaching our children (as age-appropriate) how to ask the right questions about a story and filter it through the word of God. This can be done with movies, TV shows, books, and even song lyrics. We shared the following list of questions from The Culture-Wise Family and many people wanted me to post this list, so here it is:

Who is the hero and who is the villain? How do you know?
What motivates them and how do they handle their problems?
Were there inappropriate words or scenes that were not even necessary to tell the story?
Was the hero someone you would trust?
Were the rules fair and was their accountability for the characters to follow the rules?
Is the hero’s behavior realistic?
Are the consequences fair?
How did events in the story make the hero grow in character? Did the hero become more like Christ? How?
Was respect shown for all people?
Were their actions appropriate and the results of their actions what you would expect to happen?
Was the hero someone you would trust?
Were the rules fair and was their accountability for the characters to follow the rules?
Is the hero’s behavior realistic?
Are the consequences fair?
How did events in the story make the hero grow in character? Did the hero become more like Christ? How?
Was respect shown for all people?
Were their actions appropriate and the results of their actions what you would expect to happen?

I also added that you can teach your child to ask “whatever” :

Phil. 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Blessings,

Kym