Show Business: A Parent's View of Pop Sex and Violence

My two sons, ages 8 and 4, are having a deprived childhood, and they resent it. Although virtually all their friends have seen Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my wife and I have stubbornly refused to let our children join the crowds at the box office. We cling to the old-fashioned, even reactionary, notion that watching one act of violence after another may be harmful to very young minds.

Are we being ridiculous? I admit that as a kid I saw Roy Rogers shoot-'em- ups and the brutal battles between Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck. These didn't warp me for...

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