Hollywood Destroys Traditional Values

Expert Offers Tips for Families Looking for Cinema That Matches Their Morals

CEDAR HILLS, UT--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - We can't get enough of the movies, with Hollywood coming off of one of its best box office performances in recent years in 2008.

But one expert, a mother AND screenwriter, believes movies are reflecting more of the violence, sexuality, drug use and corruptive influences found in our society, and are ceasing to be a family experience.

"I've always wanted my children to grow into an appreciation of film, but these days there are few movies appropriate for families," said Teri Haux, author of "Movie Viewer Extraordinaire: Discerning the Influences of Movies on Your Freedom, Family and Happiness," from Booksurge (www.movieviewerextra.com). "I realized I was going to have to figure out how to give my kids the movie bug without exposing them to content contrary to my family's values."

Haux offers these tips for parents:

--  Choose the morals and standards you want to live by - Examine the
    ideas and concepts that are important to you, and that you want to pass on
    to your children.
--  Regulate ALL media that you and your family experience - For all the
    people who want to ban films and television shows, it is far easier to
    simply choose and guide what your own family watches.
--  Reinforce positive influences and minimize the negative - Talk to your
    kids about the things that they see, and ensure they understand the context
    of the actions.
--  Trust your feelings - Movies more than entertain. They touch our
    emotions, so if we are previewing a movie, and it feels wrong (or right),
    chances are it is.
--  Use movies to complement dreams, interests and talents - Since we
    already know that children emulate what they see on film and television,
    why not expose them to a diet of movies that actually inspires them and
    speaks to interests and talents they may already exhibit.

"If you follow these tips, and work to match your values with the vast history of cinema modern technology allows us to access, you can teach your family how to become extraordinary movie viewers," Haux said.

About Teri Haux

Teri Haux is a screenwriter and a mother. Her scripts have been optioned for production and she has placed as a finalist in the Scriptapalooza and the Bluecat Screenwriting screenplay competitions.

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