Sunday, February 4, 2018

Should Kids Watch Stranger Things?

"I'm going to watch Stranger Things," I told my daughter.

"I'll watch with you," she answered. "Finn is in it, and he's nice to look at."






"Also," I said as I started up Netflix. "Winona Ryder is in this. You know who she is, right? Lydia from Beetlejuice."

Natalie's eyes lit up. "I love that movie! I WAS Lydia for Halloween once."





We started to watch. I jumped more than Natalie, who is 10. For those who don't know, Stranger Things is a show set in Hawkins, Indiana. Something strange is going on in the lab nearby. A young girl escapes. A weird creature takes a boy from the town at the same time. What is happening? Dun-dun-DUN.

"I hope Will is okay," I said nervously after the first episode.

"There's Millie Bobby Brown," Natalie pointed out. "She has a fancy name."

We ended up finishing Stranger Things in a week. Then we moved onto Stranger Things 2.

"Gosh," I said, frowning. "Everything keeps happening to Will."

"Poor Will."

Our final thoughts? It's a fabulous show. Watch it. Some people might be wondering if kids can watch as well, and, well, here's my response.





1. There is swearing, but I don't find it excessive. Natalie hears worse from my mouth. We live in Texas, where no one knows how to drive, so yeah, choice phrases tumble from my mouth, the kind where I have to remind Natalie "not to repeat."



2. It can be scary. I did jump a few times. But if your child doesn't scare easily, they'll be fine. I jumped more than my daughter.



3. There is a slightly suggestive scene in Stranger Things, episode 2. You'll see a teenager in a bra, with a boy in bed. But at that same moment, something else is happening to another character, so the focus is mostly on that. (Barb!)



4. The fact that there's no iPhones might be traumatizing to today's children. Ha, I'm kidding. I hope. But the show is set in the 1980s, which I thought was awesome. I remembered riding my bike all over the place like the boys in the show.



5. There is some violence. You know, there's a bat with nails. It reminded me of Lucille from The Walking Dead. There's some blood and shooting. But again, nothing too crazy. (RIP Mews)





I personally think it's a sweet show when you get to the bottom of it. I love how it deals with friendship. One line that is used quite a bit is "friends don't lie." The fact that it's set in the 80s is another plus for me. If you grew up in the 80s, you'll get a cozy nostalgic feeling. The soundtrack also has 80s music so you don't have to worry about hearing Ariana Grande wailing in the background. Plus, it's created by the Duffer brothers, and that's fun to say.


So should kids watch Stranger Things? I think they can if they are mature enough. My daughter says many kids in her fifth grade class have seen the show.




Have you seen Stranger Things yet? If you have, did you want some Eggos too?

78 comments:

  1. I did saw the first season and a few episodes of the second. For me, it's a bit creepy, but I remember when I was a child I was fascinated by strange weird gross things. But I did enjoy the storyline and intend to see the rests of the episodes.

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  2. I would let my 13 year old watch it, but my 10 year old is to young. It would give him the creeps and cause nightmares.

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    1. Yeah, my daughter is 10 but she rarely gets creeped out. She was playing Five Nights at Freddy at like 7 and she loves the movie It.

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    2. I'm 15, and I was only allowed to watch It because my cousin Jaeden L. was in the movie. It was a well made movie that keeped me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but there was a large amount of cussing (49 f-bombs according to Jaeden) and a few suggested sex scenes between a father and a daughter!

      I've also watched Stranger Things because my best friend Kayla is Millie B's cousin, and she told me to watch the show. Again, wonderful show, but they have cussing, inappropriate scenes, drug and alcohol use, etc etc.

      The point I'm getting at is, I'm mature enough to see these things (sorry it took so long to explain lol), but I don't know if my ten year old sister is. She wants to watch It and Stranger Things, and my mum tells ME that I have to decide whether she should watch this or not, since my mum hasn't watched either. I don't know if it's appropriate for someone that young, and I don't have the view of a parent on these things. Should I let my sister watch these movies/shows and just talk to her about the bad things after, let her watch them and skip the bad parts, or just tell her no. PLEASE HELPPP!

      Jaeden says that she can watch both, but his family, though we ARE related, have different views on things. I'm having loads of contradicting feelings.

      Yours,
      A confused 10th grader

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  3. I have not seen it but I get freaked out very easily and I'm pretty sure my kiddos too. I think is intriguing to have a kid that is not afraid of a lot of things. My friends little girl does not get creeped out about anything so she would be perfect for watching the show.

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  4. I have not seen the show so I honestly cannot give my honest opinion. I know a lot of friends who let there kids watch stranger kids.

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  5. I think it's okay for the kids to watch Stranger Things. It better than a lot of the shows that are airing lately. Not to mention, they're watching with their parents anyway. It would be like spending some time with them too.

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  6. I would watch this show minus my kids especially if they were very young. I would introduce them to activities that will require them to bask under the sun instead. :)

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  7. My son watched the first season and thought it was awesome. He was more interested in the fact that there were kid actors and that he got most of the references (the Goonies truffle shuffle in the first episode was his favorite).

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  8. We love Stranger Things! My daughter (12) and husband are the ones who started watching the show. I honestly wanted nothing to do with it. One weekend they were watching season one, and I was sitting on the couch with the lap top getting some work done....I got sucked in. We had to restart the season! lol. I suggested the show to a friend of mine who has a boy (9) and girl (12). The girl was way more into it than the boy. And the mom was worried about a couple of older scenes (one that you referred too, and one from season two) We handle it just skipping the scene. It's no more scarier than what others have watched on prime time tv, in my opinion. The cussing is far less than what is heard in a pg-13 movie as well. I say it's totally fine for kids! It's a nice change to for them to see the arcade, kids riding bikes, not using cell phones, playing games and being outside, as opposed to worrying about selfies/likes, and the latest YouTube video. :-)

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  9. Parents have to make the best decision they can for their child. My dad let my sister and I watch The Birds in the 60s. Not a good move. We both hate hearing the flapping of wings to this day. :)

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  10. I LOVE Stranger Things, although the first seasons is WAY before than the second season. I think it's perfectly fine for kids to watch (especially considering most kids watch "teen dramas" nowadays that are way more "mature" than Stranger Things.).

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  11. I've heard so much about the show Stranger Things. I didn't know it was based in 80's sounds like a good theme.

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  12. I am not into scary shows so wouldn’t be interested is watching this. Up to parents to decide what their child can watch.

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  13. This is really helpful! My oldest just turned 10 and she is wanting to watch older shows, but I am not even sure what is appropriate for her. So something like this with anything questionable is soooo helpful! Thank you!

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  14. Glad both you and your daughter enjoyed it! I am personally not a fan of scary shows/movies - so I don't think it's for me.

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  15. I love Stranger Things and Eggo Waffles!
    I haven't considered Scarlet watching it yet, but she's 8! Then again, she's going to see Black Panther with us.
    I'm so confused.

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  16. I saw the first season and really enjoyed the show. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be acceptable for certain children to watch if they were ready.

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  17. I love Stranger Things! Such a good show! I think Game Of Throne is much more questionnable for kids ahah

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  18. I don't think Stranger Things is as bad as a lot of other shows on Netflix. My daughter is young, so she isn't interested. If she was though, I'd let her watch it.

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  19. It's not a bad show and you can always inform them about the curse words being used in the show so they won't copy it or anything. I think it's a cool show to watch with the whole family.

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  20. I've seen a lot of people answering this question so it is interesting to hear what some who has watched it with their child thinks about it. I'm still to watch season 2 as well. Finally put the first episode of the new series of Black Mirror on today - so behind!

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  21. My son in law loves Stranger Things and keeps telling me to watch it. It sounds like a lot of people really like it.

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  22. This is actually a topic that has come up in my house. We don't let our kids watch it. I just don't think they are ready.

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  23. I started watching the first season of stranger things. the break between the next season made me completely forget to watch it again haha. I need to get back and have a binge night!

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  24. Yeah I think we'll hold off for a little bit on watching that with my six and eight year old. Sounds fun for my husband and I though.

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  25. I heard a lot about Stranger things and since I am so busy with work and travelling, I wasn't able to see any of its episodes. I guess it may be a nice one but I am not sure if this is applicable for teens. Maybe with parental guidance.

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  26. I am such a big stranger things fan! And yes I would, if my daughter only know how to watch ����

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  27. I actually thing stranger things is an ok show for kids possibly 10 and up. I mean its not the worst show, and I used to kind of watch scary shows as a child and this show isnt that graphic or vulger. As long as there is a a guardian its not bad.

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  28. Personally, I let my kids watch Stranger Things because the main characters in the show are kids themselves and the swearing isn't as "pervasive." I teach my kids to not be impressionable so they will do whats right and not what the see other people do. Plus they love a good scare!

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  29. My kids are not at the age for me to be able to answer this question yet but I think I would let my kids watch it. Nothing in the movie shows anything that's something they won't encounter before hand (like the swearing).

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  30. I saw the first part of season one but never really got to it. I don't think I'd let my niece watch this at all houfh

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  31. I love this show and so does my younger daughter!! I can’t wait for season 3!!!

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  32. I have heard a lot about Stranger Things, but not watched it yet. Hope to catch up on Netflix. Nowadays kids are a lot smarter than the earlier generation and I feel based on your observations there is no harm in them watching.

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  33. I haven't seen this show.. I am so curious and will definitely check it out on Netflix.

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  34. I think the kids can watch it as long as there is a legal guardian or a parent with the child. Also, a proper guidance should be given after the show.

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  35. I fully agree with you. I Stranger Things watched from my two older children (15 and 13 years old) and we are all excited.

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  36. Exactly. I can’t stand looking at evil things, and neither does my child. It is a show about something demonic, and I don’t want that show on my TV, period.

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    1. I actually said my daughter loves the show ;) We don't mind demonic things I guess!

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  37. I love Stranger Things! I am anxiously awaiting season 3 which I think is coming this summer. When my son is 13 I will introduce him to it.

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  38. Really need to me careful as to what kids are watching now a days. There's a lot of junk out there, but not Stranger Things lol I loooove that show. I think that is kids approved hahaha

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  39. I really need to watch this show! I appreciate your opinion on whether or not kids should watch it - it sounds like your daughter is very mature anyway :)

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  40. I am not into scary shows or movies. This wouldn’t be the thing for me to watch. My husband and daughter yep they would be munching popcorn all the way through

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  41. I actually have not seen the show. I have heard a lot of great things about it. I get scared really easily so I am not sure how good I would do the show LOL. It sounds like your daughter is very well adjusted.

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  42. I haven't let my kids watch it yet, but mainly because I haven't previewed it yet. Thanks for your opinion on it!

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  43. I have never watched Stranger things but this is super helpful as my 12yr old is asking about a lot of new shows on Netflix and I’m sure this one will come up

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  44. I've started watching this and I can't stop. My kids are grown so I gave them permission to watch it lol. But as for the grankdids, I think they might be too young still to watch scary shows like this. When they are older, it will be up to their parents to decide. This is such a great watch, I don't know why I haven't watched it sooner.

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  45. I have never seen this show but my kids are 10 and 12 so they would be fine with it. My husband watches CSI and the boys watch them with not being scared. I am the one that gets the nightmares.

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  46. I really enjoyed Stranger Things. I think that for most kids in the 10-12 year old range it would be fine, but it might be scary for some kids.

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  47. Everyone in our family likes Stranger Things I can't wait for the next season. We have watch the previous season at least twice that's show how addicted this netflix series.

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  48. I have been wanting to watch Stranger Things myself. My kids are ver young, and really wouldn't even have interest but honestly, I'm pretty lenient with them so if they were a bit older I would probably be fine.

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  49. I have not watched that one yet. We started a Netflix and Hulu subscription and found that we just don't really watch anything different than when we didn't have them. lol

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  50. I haven't watched Stranger Things yet. I keep hearing good things about it though.

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  51. This is good to know! I have not seen this show but have heard a lot of good things about it. My daughter is 11 and she is wanting to start watching the more grown up TV shows, but I have a hard time knowing what is appropriate for her.

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  52. Thanks for the heads up! I don't think my 12 year old is ready for this movie. I'm interested to watch it though. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. I'm actually not into TV or movies to be honest. I rarely watch movies at all and I stay away from the ones that are scary or that contain violence and obscene language so I would not even encourage my kids to watch it.

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  54. Wow, the Stranger things seems like an interesting show. I am going to check this out. Thanks for the review and I think is ok for teen to watch it together with the parents.

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  55. My daughters like scary movies. They are asking to watch them all the time. I try to avoid that. But this one we should watch it together!

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  56. My children love the show. They watched it multiple times and even had my husband got addicted to watching it too.

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  57. Personally it;'s not a show for kids. l know my 15 year old watched it and was spooked out so a younger child would be terrified I;m sure!!

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  58. I agree with you, the show is safe if the kids are mature enough. Your comments about kids being terrified because there are no iphones is so so funny and very true lol...Thanks for the review, it is great.

    Chad
    www.mosaicslab.com

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  59. I personally love Stranger Things and I can understand if a kid gets scared watching it. But overall I think it is good series and can be watched with parental guidance.

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  60. I love that you gave us enough information to make that decision for ourselves. The bat with nails was enough for me to say no. I love that your daughter was less spooked than you! That's why you can make this decision for your kid, you know what she can handle! Awesome mom!

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  61. Yes! As long they really enjoy the movie then why not? For me, as long as they want I will definitely give my permission to them but when I see the bad result then should stop.

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  62. I haven't seen stronger things but I've heard a few things about it. I guess, given the speculations and issues, I will.not allow my Kids to watch it just yet.

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  63. I've slightly seen commercials, thankfully my girls are not interested.

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  64. When I first watched it I wasn't aware that it was purposely bringing in specific things from old movies. I thought they were ripping them off! I finally looked it up to see if anyone else was bothered by it. That's when I discovered it was intentional. Too funny!

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  65. I don't have Netflix, my subscription ended long ago, I didn't get a new one. This stranger thing show sounds like nice one. But I don't think I will watch with my kids, as my daughter get scare on everything.

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  66. Totally agree. Stranger Things is a great show and it completely depends on the kid's maturity and interest whether or not to watch.

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  67. Personally I am hooked with Netflix movies and series. Stranger things really captivated me because I am a fan of science fiction.

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  68. I guess not everybody are not into this type of shows. Your daughter makes me so proud. She's even braver than me.

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  69. I think every child is different. My 8 year old boy no way could he watch it. My 3 year ild daughter nothing scares her lol lol lol (but no I wouldnt let her watch it dont worry lol lol lol )

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  70. My husband curates the movies or shows that the kids watch. We don't have cable or even regular TV. We have videos in a hard drive and those are the only things that our kids watch. :D

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