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Should a Pre School ask parental permission before showing a PG movie?

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Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 18:48:17

My four year old has just told me that she saw the PG rated movie Tangled in her Pre School yesterday. I'm a little annoyed that they didn't ask permission.

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BooBooGlass Fri 22-Jul-11 18:49:50

Tangled is great. Bit yes I think they should probably have asked. My dd is 7 and they watched Labyrinth today which I think is a PG, and some of her friends were frightene. Luckily dd is well versed in David Bowie's codpiece

HowToLookGoodGlaikit Fri 22-Jul-11 18:50:24

Toy Story is also a PG but my preschooler watches it almost daily. I wouldnt be too bothered.

2shoes Fri 22-Jul-11 18:50:26

yeah why it is lovely

Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 18:51:28

I've not seen the movie so maybe I'm worrying about nothing, but she's a bit sensitive and didn't sleep well last night. I'm wondering now if that's the reason why.

SiamoFottuti Fri 22-Jul-11 18:51:36

I wouldn't think so, I personally wouldn't expect them too. PG means parental guidance, and they are in loco parentis, which means they can decide.

Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 18:52:34

They should ask the parent though shouldn't they????

RitaMorgan Fri 22-Jul-11 18:54:57

I don't think it's good practice for them to show a PG at all, regardless of the film.

Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 18:55:44

They've done a few things that I haven't been overly happy with, I think maybe I'm just focusing on the wrong thing.

WyrdMother Fri 22-Jul-11 18:56:00

I'm surprised they didn't ask, my DC's teacher sent a note home this week about watching a PG movie and gave parents the option to withdraw their child, it's a class of 8 and 9 year olds!

RitaMorgan Fri 22-Jul-11 18:56:08

I disagree that a pre-school is in a position to make parenting decisions either.

HeadfirstForHalos Fri 22-Jul-11 18:57:19

No I don't think they should have to. In school they are responsible for the children, they need to be able to make decisions.

DS1 and DD2 watched it earlier this year is class as a treat, they are 5 and 7, tbh if they had asked for permission I'd have thought it OTT and slightly odd.

Tangled is a lovely film too!

RhinestoneCowgirl Fri 22-Jul-11 18:57:21

SIL is a primary school teacher and fairly sure she said that she is only allowed to show U films to her class...

alowVera Fri 22-Jul-11 18:57:58

Why is tangled a pg?

HeadfirstForHalos Fri 22-Jul-11 18:58:52

Oops I misread, it's pre-school! It still wouldn't bother me though.

JamieAgain Fri 22-Jul-11 18:59:34

Tangled is a really good film, and I can't recall anything particularly scary, BUT as a matter of principle they should only show U's without permission.

alowVera Fri 22-Jul-11 18:59:42

Are you annoyed that they showed her a pg film or that they showed a DVD?

mrsbiscuits Fri 22-Jul-11 18:59:43

I have a problem with it only in as much as we had to turn Tangled off after 5 mins because my 6 year old was terrified by the old crone stealing the baby at the beginning of the movie and no amount of telling him that it would be alright in the end would change his mind. My 2 year old, by the way, would watch it with no problem. What I am getting at is you can't know how a child is going to react and so it would perhaps be courteous just to tell parents in advance that they are going to show a film in class just in case. Having said that I do realise that my son is not typical for his age.

unfitmother Fri 22-Jul-11 19:00:41

I would class the teachers as being in loco parentis and providing the guidance.
There's obviously more going on if you can't trust them to do this.

Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 19:00:46

There's been a few issues with this Pre School. There was an outing where they took them to the local farm, it had a lovely little stream. Some parents went some didn't. I did attend because it wasn't one of my daughters pre school days. It was a hot day and they took them to the stream to have a little paddle. Then the owner of the nursery came over and started stripping off all of the girls to their pants so that their dresses didn't get wet. I was horrified.

JamieAgain Fri 22-Jul-11 19:00:47

Thinking about it, a sensitive child might be troubled by the fact that the mother in it is not very nice

Nagini Fri 22-Jul-11 19:02:12

The bit that got my DN upset was 'mild peril' grin where rapunzel and flynn are stuck and the water comes in, rapunzel sings and lights the way out and flynn cuts his hand. Rapunzel sings and heals him.

I have no idea why she got upset. I barely noticed he's hurt himself smile

Mush123 Fri 22-Jul-11 19:02:30

alowVera I think your right I think that they showed a DVD maybe.

Moanna Fri 22-Jul-11 19:02:33

It wouldn't bother me and I wouldn't expect to be asked. I would expect DS's preschool to be able to make an appropriate judgement.

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