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Abstract

When we think back to movie watching in the sixties, we typically picture a family sitting around the television and experiencing the film together. Nowadays, it is common for parents to put on a movie for their child to watch while they focus on other tasks. In our modern, fast paced environment, with movies available to stream at all times, the act of watching a movie as a family has become increasingly rare, and there has been a lack of parental monitoring of media. Consequently, films are not being utilized to their full potential. Films can have a tremendous impact and provide numerous benefits not only to children, but to families as a whole. With the aid of parental co-viewing and guidance, age appropriate films can be an effective way to facilitate communication within families, impart values, externalize and solve problems, and build a connection between parents and children.

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