I recently stated on my Facebook personal profile that my teens and I would be taking a ‘Summer tour around the world’ with our TV. So many people asked about what we were watching and what we were doing that I decided to post about it and my review of each resource to help you evaluate if it’s appropriate for your family or not.
We have access to Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime so everything will come from one of those three sources.
Many overseas movies are unrated in the US. So I rely on a few different resources to tell me about the content. I’ll include links to info on that program so you can decide if it’s appropriate for your family or not.
My kids are both teens and mature for their age and in our home we don’t practice prohibition in entertainment. Instead, we allow them to be exposed to social issues in our presence so we can help them understand.
I believe it’s far more valuable for my children to see real life situations on TV that we can then talk through and discuss to help them come to a right understanding of how to deal with things or help people once they do encounter them in real life, over never letting them see what some people have to deal with or how some people choose or are forced to live. We believe in preparation so we can shape their understanding and world view.
This came home in a very real way when I tried to talk to my kids about cutting a couple of years ago, only to find out they already knew about it. They were confused and making some wrong assumptions that I had to correct. They encountered it already through someone in our church youth group and someone in our homeschooling group that cuts. My two had discussed it amongst themselves, but had not approached me to ask questions.
That taught me that I wish to be proactive in discussing social issues with my kids. It’s not IF they’re going to run into these issues, but WHEN.
Therefore, I will include an analysis of any social issues, my take on how it was handled, and the age I think would be appropriate for viewing the program or series.
Our tour will begin in Asia, with a K-drama called Boys Over Flowers. I will post about it once we have completed all 25 episodes. We plan on watching daily throughout the Summer.