“Choose the Right Media,” Friend, Apr. 2012, 26–27
Every day you have choices.
What Should I Read?
What Should I Watch?
What Should I Listen To?
What Should I Play?
Pay attention to your feelings.
Listen to the Holy Ghost.
Put this checklist by your TV, computer, or MP3 player. If you have any checks on the Stop! list, it’s time to turn it off, put it down, and walk away.
It is uplifting and helps me feel good inside.
It helps me feel safe.
It’s interesting; it’s teaching me good things.
It helps me want to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments.
It gives me good ideas and inspires me to do good things.
I wouldn’t mind if my parents or siblings were reading, watching, or listening to it.
I know it’s appropriate.
I feel it’s pleasing to Heavenly Father.
It has swearing or crude words.
It shows or talks about violence.
It shows or talks about breaking Heavenly Father’s commandments.
It makes me feel dull, tired, or like I’m wasting my time.
It makes me think it would be OK to do wrong things.
It makes me feel uncomfortable, nervous, scared, or mad.
I’m not sure if it’s something I should read, watch, or listen to.
I wouldn’t want my parents or siblings to know I’m reading, watching, or listening to it.
One day, I was playing a good, fun game on the Internet. Then I noticed that the website I was on was advertising games with blood and gore. I had an uncomfortable feeling, so I exited the website. Later I found the same game on a different website that did not advertise bad games. I felt way better after I turned off the website advertising bad games. I am glad I have the gift of the Holy Ghost so I can be protected and comforted. I am glad the Holy Ghost helps me make good choices.
Renton O., age 10, Utah
“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God” (Moroni 7:16).
Sometimes you can make a bad media choice, either by accident or because you were unwise. When this happens, don’t panic. Here are some things you can do:
Say a prayer asking Heavenly Father to forgive you if you did it on purpose, and help you feel better.
Tell a parent about what happened and ask for help.
You can also:
Listen to, play, or sing a favorite Primary song.
Read a story from the Friend or from the scriptures.
Change the scene—go play outside or do something helpful for a friend or family member.
While I was at my friend’s birthday party, we were voting on movies to watch. There were two out of the five that I knew I shouldn’t watch. I told my friend that I didn’t want to watch those two movies. She wasn’t very happy about that, but she did respect my values. We ended up watching a movie that I felt was appropriate. I am glad I have the gospel standard to follow: “I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.”
Kaitlyn M., age 11, Washington