Do you let your 4 yr old watch transformers/ spiderman?

Ukasha - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




I have let my son watch it... but i dont think it was a good idea... he insists on role playing, jumping and fighting with play mates bumble bee vs. ocotopus prime (according to him) lol - how should i make this stop now?


Sara - posted on 02/24/2010




Each kid is different. While we have Transformers and Batman, they are for daddy not my son, who I have found cannot handle ANY TV right now. We've had the "its just pretend if it's on TV" talk, some kids imaginations are more susceptable to the little ideas. Boys are naturally drawn to fighting.

Julia - posted on 02/23/2010




Absolutlely Not. My 8 year old isn't even aloud. Both films contain huge amounts of violence and sexual content. The are so many other great movies out there for you kids. Try things like HOTWHEELS movies. My boys loved them, they're high quality and action packed but not violent or sexual. Look for cartoon versions of Transformers. The old cartoon the movies are based on have all been remade and are G & PG.
When our kids ask to see 'that movie' that everyone else is watching, we check them out on . They write very informative reviews of nearly every movie you can think of.

Annie - posted on 02/23/2010




My kids are 3 and 4 (almost 4 and 5) and we have had the discussion that just because it's on TV doesn't mean it's real. I had to do this because they go to their Granny's 2 days a week and she always has 2 TVs on in the house at all times and I've given up arguing with her about it. She's stubborn and that's that. My daughter (the almost-5-year old) will tell you "I'm allowed to watch Spongebob but it's not okay to ACT like Spongebob-- he's rude." So it's been a good learning experience for them. We did watch Transformers 2 with them because my son loves the idea of cars that turn into robots (ear and eye muffs for the naughty bits), but they know it's not real. They roughhouse some with their dad (Nerf swords and play wrestling), but there are strict rules about that (no hitting people, just clashing swords) that they have been excellent about following because we had a big convo about what happens if they do get too rough-- they lose the privilege of playing with those toys. I believe that a certain level of horseplay that involves play fighting isn't the worst thing your child could do, but there has to be that conversation stressing the "fakeness" of what happens on TV (as a general rule, not just for violence). I've found it useful also in the argument my daughter and I had about why Dora can go exploring by herself and she can't.


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Ukasha - posted on 02/24/2010




thank you guys... i never thought about the sexual content deal... i am just glad my son hasnt acted those out... lol... he watched the movie with his dad... and then when i watched it, he closed my eyes when optomus prime got killed... that was cute... thanks again ladies.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2010




my oldest son who is now 12 was a huge transformers and powerrangers fan.
he did alot of role playing which is perfectly normal as long as no one is getting hurt.
the movies how ever have some sexual content in them and that we alowed him to see when he was over 10 with our direct supervision(so we could input our values about the situations).
that said as long as you are thinking about what is best for your child and what they can handel and you are there to help them understand things acording to you values, they will be o.k.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2010




I let my kids watch , my daughter is 5, transformers is her favorite, and all the superheros she loves and they all do the role playing, I didn't let them watch the 2 transformers, I didn't think that 1 was for small kids. They do out grow it,

Carolee - posted on 02/24/2010




My 2 1/2 year old watches transformers with my husband. My husband is a huge transformers nerd, so he knows which ones are more violent, and my son doesn't watch those. Once they absolutely love something, you're kind of stuck with it until they grow out of it... if they ever do!

Cheryl - posted on 02/24/2010




I let my 3 and five year old watch them and they love it. I tell them it is fake. I think it is normal for them to play fight, they are boys. Just tell them to play nicely and be carefull. If they are getting to ruff just make them calm down or give them a time out. I don't think it is a big deal.

Medic - posted on 02/23/2010




My three year old saw it and he loved it but he also does not try to roll play or re enact the movies... He knows it is just a movie and not real.

User - posted on 02/23/2010




I try too keep my toddlers strictly on nick jr or disney for toddler age. I let them watch spongebob every now and then but you would not believe the stuff they pick up. I try too keep them away from the violence because in there minds "monkey see monkey do"

Erin - posted on 02/23/2010




i wouldn't let children that young watch, at that age they can't understand the difference between fiction and reality, if they see it on tv it is real to them.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010




my 2 yr old has sat down and watched transformers with her uncles against my wises but she was fine maybe if you talk to him and tell him that all that is just stuff on tv and big boys dont play like that he might stop if not then yes dotn let him watch any more of those movies

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