My kids are 2, 4 and 6.
I do not like violence, but have let them watch Star Wars (it is big among his friends, too). We have discussed the morality of it in detail and watched it with them. The 2 year old does not understand it at all, but the 2 elder understand a lot of it, especially the redemption of Anakin/Vader.
Personally, I will not allow disrespect on TV or stupid, stereotypical portrayals of anyone now. When the Disney channel switches from Mickey Mouse to the "tween" junk, it's off. I'd love to block that so they could never see it, even as teens when I'm out. I'm not as concerned about the swearing (though I don't like it) as the disrespect shown all adults and how "cool" kids are just superior to everyone on earth. That is deeper and more insidious than any language, and while I can discuss it with them, I find it gets to everyone, beyond reason.
We will have issues in future, and I'm not looking forward to it.
at 9:56 AM on Jun. 17, 2011