What age should kids be able to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom? How do you know when your child in particular is ready to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom? When are kids old enough to watch movies that might be a little scary or violent? These are the questions in our parenting community. I wanted to take the time to share the important reasons why we are allowing our kids to see Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.
How old should a child be before watching Jurassic World 2?
In our geeky house we try to not forbid a lot of things. Not only are we geeky, we are also rather Crunchy and practice peaceful, attachment parenting. We try to empower our children and find ways to say yes. Of course for real danger, we say no. We are raising kids to see possibilities, find their boundaries. We want our children to see they can be brave and even push back against authority when needed.
Reason Number 1 why we let our kids see Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom before the PG13, 13 year old recommendation. We are building Grit.
Kids these days are said to have less grit than those in the past. I don’t like to judge generations but I can see the trend. My husband and I wondered why this might be the case. Could it be helicopter parenting? Could it be that kids are wrapped in bubble wrap? Possibly could it be that most kinds no longer have free time to explore, go on adventures, find their boundaries, and don’t learn how to make decisions because they are all made for them? Perhaps kids aren’t being given safe ways to be scared and the time to deal with that fear in safe ways?
My husband and I discussed how we watched scary movies as children and how they helped to possibly shape us, possibly helped us form grit. I talked to other parents about this and it was like seeing a light bulb go off for them too… this might well be a grit issue too many are overlooking. We can’t pretend the natural world isn’t filled with violence and fear. Fear helps keep animals alive when they react correctly to it. I am not saying show your 6 year old Freddy Krueger, but maybe push a bit more than feels comfortable.
One thing we know from the past Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies is that they show characters who have grit and courage! They also show the down sides of greed and ego and the results of not responding to fear appropriately.
The second important reason we will be letting our kids watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is because they have already watched the other Jurassic Movies and Loved them!
- Our 12 year old loved Jurassic World
- Our 10 year old loved Jurassic World
- Our 8 year old loved Jurassic World
- Our 2 year old loved Jurassic World
- Our 18 year old daughter of course loved it too!
All of our children where at different ages when they experienced their first Jurassic movie. Most toddlers! I can’t recall a single issue from this experience beyond a very large collection of dinosaurs in our home that just keeps growing and managing them all is a handful! Some of our children have been more sensitive to Jurassic World, they would cuddle, and then talk about what parts made them jump. I would explain what parts were heart racing for me. We talk about feelings and fears and how we would react in certain situations and do differently.
The “what-if’s” are the best part of the Jurassic Park movie experience I think. Helping kids think critically and the need to not freeze up. Pretend play comes next of course and this is were I think a lot of the magic happens in childhood. They will pretend play what they have seen and then take things to another level challenging themselves and their playmates in this pretend world with these pretend rules. They will make all the choices in their imaginary universe of Dinosaurs! They will create conflict, they will solve conflict, they will work through fears! This is a safe way to do this…. really is Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom going to be any more scary than Live Shooter drills in schools or the insane pressure placed on kids with standardized testing?
An older photo of the dinosaur collection from years ago. The kids learn so much from their dinosaur passion!
We are letting our children watch Jurassic World 2 because we know them!
Our last reason, and the one all parents have to give the more weight to when deciding if their own children should watch Jurassic World 2 is that we know our children best! While the MPAA has rated Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom PG13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril that are not the parent, you are. Have your children done well if those scenes in past movies? Mine have. Our youngest is a late talker and rarely likes TV. For family movie nights though she is most animated and excited and happy and talking in the intense scenes with lots of action and peril! We know what one of our children will for sure need cuddles and talking and how much she will love it anyway!
We are teaching our kids it is ok to be scared and that they can function when scared still. These are important skills to have!
This is a movie we feel will do more good than harm. Your mileage may vary.