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Cofounder, The Third Wave; author of Black, White, and Jewish:
Autobiography of a Shifting Self (Riverhead, 2000)
Our 11-year-old has a strong opinion about what he wants to watch,
so it isnt a matter of choosing for him anymore. It s more about saying
no or yes to his choices. Recently we talked him into watching My
Bodyguard [about a boy who is bullied in school] because he was
having trouble with kids in school. A few nights ago we watched Kundun,
about the Dalai Lama and the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet,
because wed been talking about nonviolence and karma. Last month we
watched 9 to 5 and he loved it. And he was developing a strong pro-labor
position at the same time! We say no to anything that has gratuitous
violence in it. I'm also a real stickler about movies I consider to
be antinaturemostly films set in the water or the woods that involve
scary happenings. I think kids learn fear of the earth through such
films and once that fear is there, they are far less likely to develop
the bond necessary to protect and love the planet. We are, however,
not so tough on sex and complex relationships. Obviously I'm not putting
our 11-year-old in front of graphic sex scenes, but I dont want to
be weird or coy about sexuality. One of my big concerns is that films
only show young heterosexual intimacy, so I m always looking for films
that are fluid and progressive about sexuality without being heavy.
We recently rented Harold and Maude, which he loved!
Managing Editor of Ms.
I would prefer that my daughter not like some things that she really
enjoys, but thats an adult sensibility trying to impose itself on
a three-year-old. While I do think Barney is instructional,
it s not very creative. The kids have these pat, automated responses
to everything. Thats reassuring to children, to always know what's
coming next. I would say the same about Teletubbies, which
is why I don't buy their videos. They have a dumbing-down effect.
The creatures speak in baby talk. When Kasey was two she didn't talk
like that, so I hate having her listen to it. I'm glad she s interested
in shows such as Blues Clues, Dragon Tales, and Dora the
Explorer. Dora is my favorite. She's a Latina who, along with
her friend Boots the Monkey, explores a different place every day.
They teach kids how to count, memorize, and solve problems. Dora teaches
all her lessons in English and Spanish. As the parent of an African
American girl, I think it's important for her to see people of color
in shows catering to children her age. Blues Clues is also
huge in our house. It's hosted by a young man and his dog, Blue. Kasey
really likes the fact that Blue is a female dog!
Author of nine children's books, including Night Garden: Poems
from the World of Dreams (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000)
I usually choose science and nature videos. Halfway through the dinosaur
encyclopedia, I might suggest that we watch Walking with Dinosaurs.
Its a way to vary our learning. Andrew, who is eight, likes Wallace
and Gromit, which is claymation and very funny. One of his favorites
is the art video Chihuly over Venice, about Dale Chihuly, the
glass artist. He loves the way it shows the making of art as a concrete
and complete process, from the blowing of breath into a fiery mass
to shipping details. I also like Beethoven Lives Upstairs,
the story of Beethoven in his last years deaf, angry, and somewhat
crazy. The video shows a young boy as he comes to understand how frustrating
deafness must be. But it also shows Beethoven acting like a belligerent,
overgrown baby. After watching it, Andrew and I had a good talk and
we agreed that even being a genius does not excuse inconsiderate behavior.
Last year, I gave in on the Pokemon videos, which mainly depict
the violence of fantasy: dragons breathing fire, creatures kicking
others flat on their backs, tails that whip. But it is the kind of
thing that makes a kid want to kick and wrestle and knock someone
down. Lucky for me, he got bored within two months. Or maybe all those
years of wrinkling my nose at the crummy stuff and sitting with him
during the good videos have paid off.