MOVIE NIGHT THE PER­FECT TONIC

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CLARE ARM­STRONG

FRI­DAY movie nights are the per­fect way for par­ents to bond with their chil­dren and share their wis­dom, ac­cord­ing to child ex­perts.

Chil­dren’s and ado­les­cent psy­chol­o­gist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said there was “over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence” show­ing kids ben­e­fited from screen time with par­ents.

“If a fam­ily starts some­thing like a reg­u­lar Fri­day movie night, it gives the bond­ing time a sense of mean­ing and pur­pose, and it cre­ates a strong feel­ing of belonging. That con­nect­ed­ness can re­duce the like­li­hood of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion among chil­dren,” he said.

Dr Carr-Gregg said watch­ing a movie with the whole fam­ily could also open up im­por­tant dis­cus­sions about dif­fer­ent so­cial is­sues.

Psy­chol­o­gist Sabina Read said while screen time could have a neg­a­tive out­come, ac­tively shar­ing movie times with chil­dren could ex­pose them to “new con­tent, lan­guage, and even re­la­tion­ship dy­nam­ics”.

“Ex­plor­ing age ap­pro­pri­ate film con­tent to­gether can prompt con­ver­sa­tions which help fa­cil­i­tate a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the way our chil­dren are cur­rently think­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: JAY TOWN

Jarvis, 7, and Daniel, 9, en­joy­ing a movie and pop­corn.

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