May 28, 2011 2:40 AM Subscribe
I do not want my kids to see this
. Am I becoming an old fart?
posted by progosk to Education (42 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Our two kids (10 and 8) play like that, and that's all good and well and no ground for concern (well, except sometimes when it seems like it's becoming this persistent undercurrent of play-violence that ends up undermining any other form of play...). So in some sense I could imagine them enjoying this video hugely. I also know they'd be intimately shocked by it - as they were by Persepolis, which left a lasting impression, to the point of them often voicing their opinions against any warfare.
So part of the reason I'd like to avoid them seeing stuff like this is to avoid reinforcing a kind of projection of violence I ultimately do find troubling, and which this video takes to a level beyond what I consider OK viewing for kids their age.
Another part of my censorship instinct is similar to my wanting to avoid them seeing any visualisation of Peter and the Wolf when we were still only listening to it - so as not to spoil the personal visions/imagination they were bringing to it.
As so often happens, our attempts to keep the surrounding world from "locking down" their imagination are quickly frustrated - Peter and the Wolf by a less concerned teacher with the Disney version on her computer; and this video will very likely crop up in their inbox or friend's ipod or youtube screen at someone's home.
Please convince me I/we are just typical parenting worrywarts/old-farts - or not?