Star Wars Under Parental Controls
Among numerous films created in Hollywood, the Star Wars saga by George Lucas is definitely must-see. The story of heroes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, as well as the famous villain Darth Vader is inspirational for many generations of kids and grown-ups dreaming to become the next Jedi knight or choose the dark side of the force.
Though the first film of the epic space opera was released back in 1977, the events taking place long time ago in a galaxy far far away keep attracting attention of children born these days, in the second decade of the 21st century.
The popularity of the film series has reborn with renewed vigor after an announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens already released by Disney this year on December, 18th. Millions of fans rushed to buy tickets to see the long-awaited sequel. Star Wars 2015 has cracked all box office records after the first premier week.
Your family will probably would like to see the movie too. Meanwhile, your children will surely find a lot of other entertaining Star Wars activities on the Internet. There are many additional movies and cartoons, TV shows, games, and apps one can easily download from Google Play and App Store. The Star Wars franchise gave birth to numerous funs and frolics.
However, there is still a question if Star Wars entertainments are appropriate for children of different ages. We will try to deep into this issue a bit and help you prevent your little ones from what they are not supposed to see yet.
Original Star Wars Series
Talking about the original episodes of Star Wars, one will hardly find any explicit scenes there. The movie teaches to distinguish the good and the bad as well as how to find balance. It shows there is always a bit of the bad in the good; meanwhile, the worst villain has a chance to come to the light side. There is always a place to forgive and improve things for better.
At the same time, there are scenes that your little children should avoid. For example, you will surely do not want your 5-year-old kid or younger to see burned and seriously injured Anakin Skywalker crawling out a lava pit in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The one and only piece of advice here is for you to watch Star Wars together with your kids. You’d better watch the episodes previously and list moments you consider inappropriate for them to see. Thus, you may either wind them forward or just make sure that your kids will not be afraid and have no nightmares. Sit closer, talk to them, and explain everything. It’s up to you how your children understand what they see.
Star Wars TV Shows
If you think your kids are too young to see events taking place on the big screen of the Star Wars saga, there are many other TV shows based on the original episodes.
Your little ones will surely like Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales comprising five miniseries telling the entire story through C-3PO’s memory of the events. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels will be interesting for them as well. If you are also a fan of the world of Star Wars, The Clone Wars series will be a pleasure for you too. The TV show describes what happens right in between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars Games and Apps
There are many different and engaging Star Wars based applications you may find on App Store and Google Play for you little kids. Among others pay attention to famous Angry Birds series – Angry Birds: Star Wars and Angry Birds: Star Wars II. Star Wars – Heroes Path, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Star Wars Journeys: Beginnings, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes will also entertain your kids and get them closer to the story of the original space opera.
Remember to check games first, before handing them to your children. Though there may be no violence or explicit content, a game may include in-app purchases or a built-in chat, where strangers might contact your kids.
Always talk to your children. If they come across violence on the screen, explain that it differs from violence in real life, meanwhile, the purpose of showing it on the screen is making right conclusions – it shows us how it all may be for you to prevent it in any way possible.
Protect your children. Keep your eyes open. And let the force be with you.