What Are Your Kids Watching?

Remember when you were a kid? Watching TV with parents was quite a dicey situation. You love to watch the interesting movies with them but as soon as a kissing scene comes up, it’s either you are looking away, looking at the wall clock, having a sudden need to go to the bathroom etc. LOL. Yeah, it was so uncomfortable to watch such with them and fear of the unknown  cane just makes you behave, respect yourself and leave. Well these days, kids just watch stuff without fear, probably because we are not seen as villains like we thought about our parents. The closest reaction I’ve seen from a kid, is shouting “eewww” at an adult scene and I was shocked ‘cos I know very well, I wouldn’t dare to even acknowledge that scene in my time( the best I could do, was go get water in the kitchen). With fascinating technology and the internet, we hardly know what our kids are watching. Sometimes before the movie starts, they announce the rating but we don’t even care. Sometimes, a rating icon appears in the upper left corner of the TV screen during the first 15 seconds of the program. If the program is more than one hour, the icon will reappear at the beginning of the second hour but we barely notice. Here are the different ratings of movies to help you be (more) aware of what your kids are watching and put restrictions if need be.


rating generalThese films are meant to be view-able by all ages. It is considered not to have any themes that would be objectionable to parents. Many of the classic Disney movies, such as Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, or Aladdin, are rated G. This rating does not constitute a seal of endorsement for anyone and everyone to see the film; rather it signifies that anything within the film that signifies conflict is minimal. A young child may be frightened by the movie, but not scarred by it. There may be words that go beyond polite conversation (arguing), but there are no obscenities. There are also no scenes in the movie that depict drug use, sex, or nudity. Overall, this rating could be summed with the words ‘Mostly Harmless’. You should still consider your child’s sensibilities when seeing a G rated movie, but most times it’s harmless.



ratingpgThis is a step up from a G rated movie. While the film may still be alright for your children, you should more thoroughly investigate the film before taking your kids, especially younger kids. There could be mild profanity or violence, or even brief nudity. Innuendo is especially likely to cause an otherwise G rated movie to receive a PG rating. Perfect examples of this are DreamWorks films such as the Shrek series which are rated PG due to their mild action, some rude humor and brief language. The film may still be suitable for children, even young ones, but some parents may find material objectionable. There are still no depictions of sex or drug use in a PG movie, although there may be brief nudity, if it is in a non-sexual context. The movies are considered something that many parents would consider suitable for their children, but a significant number may consider some things in the movie inappropriate.



rating_pg13PG-13 Movies are a distinction that didn’t exist before 1984. Prior to that movies went straight from PG to R. PG-13 was created to give an alternative to rating any movie that was not “kid friendly” an R rating (and thus significantly limiting its earning potential). If there is any drug use in a movie it automatically warrants a PG-13 rating. A PG-13 movie can have brief nudity, if it is in a non-sexual context; Titanic is a perfect example of this. The animation ‘The Simpsons‘ fall into this category. “But it’s cah-tun!” Yes, but not all cartoons are kid-friendly. ‘South Park’, ‘Boondocks’, ‘Beavis and Butthead’ are other examples, some film boards even see them as  R-rated animations. Violence without gore can also cause a movie to be rated PG-13, such as the Transformers movies. On the whole, PG-13 movies are considered to be appropriate for older children, but not younger ones. Even in the cases of older children, a parent should consider their own stance towards the themes of the movie before allowing their child to attend.



rating_rRestricted movies contain adult themes in abundance. So much so that anyone under 17 requires a guardian to get into the movie. They can contain any of the following: violence, drug abuse, sexuality, profanity, nudity, or other adult themes (among other things). An R rating constitutes a strong warning toward parents to investigate the content of a movie more thoroughly before they take their children to see them. Most R rated movies are considered to be too adult oriented for the average minor to view. R rated movies, as well as PG-13 rated movies usually contain a brief description of why they are given the rating they are. A typical listing would look something like this: Rated R for pervasive graphic violence, brief nudity, and some strong language. The modifiers like pervasive, brief, and some, are intended to let a parent know how much of a given element to expect in a movie.

rating_nc17NC-17 is the classification that succeeded the now outdated X rating for movies. Movies that receive this classification are considered too adult in nature for any children to see. No one under 17 is allowed into the movie. It contains several of the themes found in an R rated movie in abundance. It is not meant to classify a film as obscene, merely as one that children should not see. The qualifications for an NC-17 movie are that it goes beyond the scope of an R rated movie in its portrayal of the themes in question.

Here are some codes that could describe quickly the movie you are about to watch:

D- Suggestive dialogues (Usually about Sex)

L- Coarse or crude Language

S- Sexual situations

V- Violence

FV- Fantasy Violence (children’s programs only)

SNL- Sex , Nudity and strong Language

Anything beyond the aforementioned ratings………

parental advisory

……You need “Jeeeezesss”.   LOL

Have a lovely weekend!!!

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  • Reply
    Dr Kevwe
    July 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Amazing write up Bubu and nice one. I see your Google ads are up and running. Way to go Ma.

    • Reply
      July 30, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Dr Kevwe. Yeah, they are. Thanks for stopping by.

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    July 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Nice one Bubu….You would be Surprised at What Kids are Watching now…..Caught my 6year old nephew watching porn with his Dad’s fone…Funny enough his hard on D drew my attention…I was just surprised at how stupid some parents are.

    • Reply
      July 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      That’s sad!

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    Mama Dee
    July 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Kudos Bubaby, quite enlightening. I go with G biko. I can’t shout.

    • Reply
      July 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks Diamond. Good to see you here. Thanks for visiting. G rated is

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    August 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Great write up Bubu dear, we parents need to be very careful, for me, I don’t give chances for rubbish, am watching them like kilode.Lol.God help us.

    • Reply
      August 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

      LOL. Amen….Thanks for stopping by

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