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Things that make me go Hmmmm....

June 14, 2011 - Betsy Bethel
Things that made me go Hmmmm.... lately:

Formspring -- If you haven't heard of this, it's a website that allows members to completely anonymously comment on each other's pages. It gives teens a forum to be as mean as they can be, with no repercussions. When it's been criticized, teens respond that it's important for them to know what others "really" think of them or that it's harmless fun. If you want to know more, read what "Odd Girl Out" author Rachel Simmons has to say about it (see link). There is no such thing as Internet police, so parents, be warned.

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Kids' Movie Series — So the local theaters offer children's movies all summer long on select weekdays for free (Marquee) or $1 (Carmike). I love it, it's great. Free is my favorite! BUT ... all but one movie showing at all three local cinemas this summer are rated PG. These movie series would be perfect for preschoolers who are too young for most of the local summer camps but who would really get a kick out of going to see a movie in the big theater on a summer morning. And parents and grandparents would save big time on admission (they also get in free or for a buck). But the PG ratings give me pause. It brings up the whole issue of animated movies tossing in sexual references, potty humor or curse words just to get the PG rating which supposedly attracts more kids and makes the movies more fun for the adults. Yes, I like "Shrek" and "Narnia", but I wouldn't take my 3-year-old to see them. There are more G movies out there other than just "Ramona and Beezus," folks! I really think they should sprinkle in a few more G movies. They think family values don't sell popcorn, but I think they'd be surprised.

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The whole "you can't have four unrelated people in a house" rule the Wheeling council is trying to pass (see link) seems unconstitutional at worst and anti-family at best. I may be off base here, but with the way a lot of today's households are cobbled together due to divorce, single parenthood, war, housing shortages, economic stress and other issues, this rule seems like it could potentially force families — or people living as families — to split up. I'm still thinking on this one. It just smells bad.

 
 

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