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November 10, 2009

Violence in Children’s Media

Filed under: Parental Controls — Erin @ 11:34 pm

Last night Abbie, my 5 year old daughter, got out of bed and told my wife & I that she was too scared to fall asleep.  When we asked why she said she was afraid of robbers breaking through her window and that they would have guns.  We were shocked that these thoughts were in her mind, and upon further questioning we found the following illustrations in a book entitled “Pinkerton, Behave!


Robber climbing through a window


Robber holding a gun to the head of the person in the bed!


Robber pointing the gun toward the person in bed & a child!

Needless to say my wife and I were shocked and after comforting Abbie to get her back to sleep we talked about how we trusted the book because it came from her school library.  We didn’t “screen” the book, and if only an adult had screened the book they wouldn’t have let a kindergarten child take it home.

This is the very reason why we at Zoodles have trained education & content experts personally review all material that is entered into Zoodles.  I never thought I would feel more safe with the content my child plays with online than I would with the books she would bring home from the library, but I am proud of our Zoodles team for giving me that piece of mind as a parent!

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  1. I remember reading that book as a child! It’s funny (sad-funny) about how we as adults can take for granted what can scare a child. We just watched UP together as a family yesterday, and when it was over, our kids said, “Mommy, please don’t get that one again.” There had been too many distressing parts (no guns, mind you, but barking dogs, thunderstorms, falling off cliffs, etc.) for them (ages 3 1/2 to 6 1/2). And we had just been trying to explain to my in-laws that no, they haven’t seen several “kid” movies because we knew they would be too intense for our kids. They aren’t “bad” per se, but just too intense for their particular sensitivities. If only I had watched UP first, maybe I would have known better than to let my kids watch it. I try to screen as much as I can beforehand, but time is limited, so it’s nice to know you guys are screening things too! I can’t wait to get my kids started with Zoodles!

    Comment by Jessica-MomForHim — December 3, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

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