LETTERS

Show Dogs sends wrong message

Katrina Wolinski

Grove City

 

I read an alarming review of the movie Show Dogs at eastmesa.macaronikid.com. Apparently in the movie a dog prepares for a dog show by, among other things, getting used to having his genitals examined, mirroring how sexual predators "groom" kids. The reviewer said: "During the movie, I kept thinking, 'This is wrong, it doesn’t need to be in a kids movie. Everything else in the movie is good fun except for this.' ... My daughter, on the other hand, said her favorite part of the movie was when Max got his privates touched and the funny reaction he had. I decided to use that moment to help reinforce what we have taught our children since they were little, private parts are just that, private. ...We talked about how we never let anyone touch our private parts, what they should do if anyone tries. We reinforced that if anyone tries to touch their private parts or asks them to touch their private parts they should talk to us about that. We talked about different ways children can feel pressured to participate in those types of behaviors. A child predator is usually known to the child, rarely are they a stranger. ... Although you cannot prepare a child for every situation the more knowledge you give them the stronger their defenses are! "

In today's world, this seems to be a good word of advice. I encourage you to read the entire review.