I’m really struggling lately with acceptable media forms in my home, for my children, my husband and myself. Specifically, movies, music for iPods, and books. My family has a large collection of all three, and I really want to make sure I’m not subjecting my young children to something that is harmful. Obviously, profanity, sexual images – these are a given. But it’s the subtle messages that I worry about, perhaps ones I’m not even picking up on.
Someone emailed me a list of acceptable secular movies compiled by a priest, I think. I was surprised by how many popular movies were included, and even further surprised that many of them had profanity, sexual images and crimes involved. My family has a lengthy dvd collection, as I mentioned, many dating back before we converted to the Church. I’ve done several “housecleanings” getting rid of movies that were over the top, I thought. Oddly, however, some of these same movies were featured on this email list of “ok” movies.
I guess my question is, what should we avoid when it comes to media? Are there any helpful aids (lists, websites) that help us know which evils are too great to watch on film, hear in music, read in books? I’m really struggling with finding my balance here, and any advice would be appreciated.