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Are You a Good SuperHero?

Are You a Good SuperHero?

Today’s adventure characters that play out the roles of being superheroes can display good and bad values for your children. One game our teenagers bought and began to play had what seemed to be a good superhero, only to find out later in the game, the motives were to take other characters captive. It is important to know what your kids think about what is good behavior and what is bad, especially in the electronic world in which they spend so much time. By having a healthy conversation about a good definition of superhero, you may be helping them make good choices in what they watch or the games they choose.  The following questions will start a conversation that will help you understand what your children see in the games they play.

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Question 1

How would you describe a superhero?
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Listen for character attributes that are positive. Have them describe their favorite characters and why they like them. Consider the movie that portrays their favorite superhero and its overall influence on your child.
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QUESTION 2

What’s the difference between a superhero and a supervillian?
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This is your chance to discuss good verses evil.  Should these characters use their powers only for good?  Why do they choose evil?  It may all be make believe but use the opportunity to share your family values in the conversation.
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QUESTION 3

When or how does a character lose its superhero status?
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Again, even Hollywood gives clues to what is virtue and what is not.  If a superhero loses his powers as a result of some weakness, could this project into the real world?  Are superheroes loyal?  Are they willing to sacrifice for the good of others?  These are all great talking points that can lead to an understanding of values.

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Since many of the superheroes of today become part of video games, this conversation can help you understand some of the games your teenagers are involved in playing. Don’t leave any of this to chance. The biggest battle we had with our boys was over games they played. We did not turn our heads, but we were involved in watching. A few games ended up in the trash and they were not happy about it at the time but we were okay with that. Just because their friends are doing it does not make it acceptable in your home. Parent up.

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Bill Ford’s first passion is helping families. He is the author and developer of C2 Family, an equipping ministry that empowers parents to be intentional with their children, seek God’s vision, and change the culture for generations to come. ©C2GenFamily and C2 Family

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