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To Kill a Mockingbird Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that young children will identify with Scout, but the material might be more than you would want your kid to take in. Preteens will like the story, but mature themes may be confusing for them -- a post-video discussion is advised.

  • Families can talk about the prejudice depicted in the movie, which is set in 1930s Alabama.
  • What has changed in the United States since the 1930s when it comes to race, and do you think racism still exists today?
  • How has the media's depiction of racism and people of varying races changed over the years?
  • What role can/should the media play in fighting issues like racism?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Promotes tolerance and speaks out against prejudice. This class story is able to convey a deep, moving message about the danger of fear.

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    Role models: Atticus Finch is an admirable individual who has a true sense of right and wrong. Scout, Jem and Boo are positive too.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Scout gets into schoolyard brawls with classmates. Jem is attacked, mostly off screen, and his arm broken by someone stalking him and Scout. The threat of violence is portrayed through menacing looks and nighttime shadows. A man is falsely accused of rape.

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    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: A harsh racial epithet against African-Americans is used by an obvious bigot.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable