Posted by: vftmom247 | 2014/06/02

Kids changing roles

I went to see the movie, “Divergent” with my teen daughter and a friend of ours, also a teen. The movie was fabulous, started a little slow, but then – WHAT an adrenaline rush!!!

This is about the third sci-fi movie we’ve seen recently with teens being forced into…I don’t know, Survivor type situations? The others were ‘Ender’s Game” (kids saving the world via video game type wars, fighting each other), and “Hunger Games”, with teens fighting each other for survival. Then “Divergent”, which has teens competing to get into factions. Long story, read the series by Veronica Roth. Also good

On the one hand, all three movies have strong teen females, great role models for my daughter. In all three movies, any love stories are secondary, and there is no sex. A refreshing change. The reasons for not listening blindly to government are brought out.

On the other hand, you’ve got teens being forced by their culture and/or their elders to perpetrate acts of violence on each other. Granted, these worlds are not like our own. They exist in the future, and neither culture or government looks like ours. The teens have a reason for the violence, and are shown feeling remorse over it.

But what’s a bit disturbing is that this seems to be a trend right now. Is it the mindset of ‘ok, we’ve had teens having sex for decades, time to get them into cold-blooded violence too’? Is this the first step into getting desensitized to this kind of teen violence? Is it one more example of treating teens like adults in popular media?

I talk with my daughter about the violence, the remorse, the values that are twisted and that are maintained. It’s my job as a parent. But I don’t think all families do. And that’s a little disturbing.

Comments are more than welcome, especially from parents who are also puzzling this one out.



  1. I’m glad you’re having the discussions! I think too many parents take the easy way out and hope for the best. Responsible parenting means taking an active role in your child’s upbringing.

    • Thanks! Yes, it does mean taking an active role, especially when they’re technically old enough to see movies that you’re not sure they’re going to notice all the nuances on.


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