Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PSA Offers Advice on Talking to Your Kids About Star Wars

by Sara N.

Recently, a few of my friends with children have grappled with a difficult question: What's the right age to introduce children to Star Wars? How young it too young to appreciate the hero's journey Luke embarks on, or the eternal conflict of good versus evil? Is Emperor Palpatine electrocuting Luke with lightning from his fingers too intense for some kids? Is Jar Jar Binks ever appropriate for sentient beings of any age, ever, anywhere?

Thankfully, parents still looking for guidance can turn to this PSA for advice.

In all seriousness, it's been interesting to observe how the children of my acquaintance respond to Luke and Han and Darth Vader. (With great enthusiasm, for the most part.) So S4 readers who are parents: At what age did you (or do you plan to) screen Star Wars for your kiddos?

Thanks to Steph B. for the original video link!
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  1. I was probably 5 or 6 when I first saw Star Wars.

    Mine have seen bits and pieces. I think the big reason they haven't seen the original is because we (the hubs & I) haven't wanted to watch it.

    Gasp - I know, someone is going to tell me to hand over my geek card. Honestly though, I got a little burned out by the prequels and all the mucking about with the originals.

  2. I agonize over this very thing, except with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I'm afraid my kids will be so inundated with the movies that they'll be spoiled for all the good stuff before they're really ready to appreciate the books. Sure I can try to forbid them from watching, but I know very well that every movie my parents forbade me from seeing, I ended up seeing at a friend's house, even if I didn't actively go looking for it.