Why won't my parents let me read certain books or watch certain movies/TV shows?

Here's the answer:

Your parents know what’s best for you.

Your parents have the responsibility to guide you. This includes helping you know which books, movies, and TV shows are good for you and which ones aren’t. Sometimes books, movies, and TV shows have swearing or violence, or they teach bad things about God. Your parents know that these things won’t help you. Seeing bad things will hurt you and might even scare you.

Reading books and watching movies/TV shows seems like harmless fun, but when they have bad things in them, it’s hard to get those things out of your mind. Once you watch something, you can’t "unwatch" it.

God wants us to make good decisions, and that includes being wise with what we read and watch. Our parents help us make those decisions. God’s Word says to fill our minds with things that honor God and help us grow closer to Him. The Bible also says that we should obey our parents, which means following their directions— even when we don’t like it—about what we read or watch.

Bible Truth

"Children, obey your parents as believers in the Lord. Obey them because it’s the right thing to do" (Ephesians 6:1).

"Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things" (Philippians 4:8).