Movie night per­fect tonic

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

FAM­ILY movie nights are the per­fect way for par­ents to bond with their chil­dren and share their wis­dom, child ex­perts say. Chil­dren’s and ado­les­cent psy­chol­o­gist Dr Michael Carr- Gregg said there was “over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence” show­ing chil­dren ben­e­fited from screen time with par­ents. “If a fam­ily starts some­thing like a reg­u­lar movie night, it gives the bond­ing time a sense of mean­ing and pur­pose, and it cre­ates a strong feel­ing of be­long­ing,” he said.

“That con­nect­ed­ness can re­duce the like­li­hood of anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion among chil­dren.”

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”. LEIGH PAATSCH’S TOP 20 FAM­ILY MOVIES, PAGES 28- 29

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