Plugged In

Are you “plugged in”? Have you ever taken your kids to a movie, read them a book, or listened to a song and thought, “Yikes, I didn’t know that was going to happen or that word was used”? That doesn’t have to happen anymore. Focus on the Family has a wonderful website in which a family can find very valuable critiques for movies, TV shows, music, games and books.

For example, on the movie review portion of the website comments are given on positive elements, spiritual content, sexual content, violent content, crude or profane language, drug and alcohol content and then an overall conclusion. There is also a “thumbs up” rating.

I remember using this website with our boys before going to see movies and many times was very glad I did, as the movie often had slight references to issues that either needed to be dealt with prior to seeing the movie, or made the decision easier to say that we were not going to see the movie and this is why. Both instances being valuable times of learning.

Unfortunately, we have to be very careful about what we pour into our children through movies, books, and games, as well as ourselves. The Plugged In website ( is an avenue in which better decisions can be made, with what the Bible tells us as our ultimate decision maker. God bless and get PLUGGED IN.

"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." | Proverbs 11:14

"Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed." | Proverbs 15:22


Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.