TV & Movies

Commonsensemedia.org is a fantastic resource to check for age recommendations for all things media related. That being said, we're often comfortable allowing our kids to see things rated as appropriate by CSM for slightly older kids.

The Rationale: Parents are often comfortable allowing their kids to view violence starting from a young age but strictly prohibit even mild sexual representation like a couple kissing in bed. Personally, we'd rather shield our children from violence than sexuality that expresses love. If we want our kids to be open with us when they're teens, we have to make sex a safe topic. If we wait until they become self-conscious, we've missed the boat.

Preschool:

SHOWS

  • Doc McStuffins

  • Word Girl

  • Pete the Cat

  • Lilo & Stitch

  • Hilda

  • TOTS

MOVIES

Many of Hayao Miyazaki's films including

  • Ponyo,

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

  • My Neighbor Totoro

​​Elementary:

SHOWS

  • Anne of Green Gables

MOVIES

  • Inside Out

  • The Sound of Music

  • Annie

  • Matilda

  • The American Girl Doll Movies

  • A league of their own

For 11 and Up:

SHOWS

  • Anne with an E

  • Gilmore Girls

  • Modern Family

MOVIES

  • Hidden Figures

  • Temple Grandin

  • Little Women

  • Wonder Woman

For 12 and Up:

SHOWS

  • Jane the Virgin

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer

  • The Fosters

MOVIES

  • Hidden Figures

  • Temple Grandin

  • Little Women

  • Wonder Woman

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