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[Note: this is another in a series of cross-posts from our friends at Common Sense Media. The opinions included in this post are perfectly reasonable, but as geeky parents, I’m sure many of us have our own ideas about this very important subject. Please feel free to discuss in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!]

Ever since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their friends (and enemies!). Even kids as young as 2 and 3 can name all the franchise’s major characters — which often tempts parents who also grew up loving the movies to plan a Star Wars movie night.

But not all Star Wars movies, TV shows, games, and apps are the same when it comes to intensity and impact. The silly fun of Lego Star Wars is a lot easier for younger elementary schoolers to handle than the sight of Anakin Skywalker crawling out of a bubbling pit of lava in Revenge of the Sith, for example.

If your family is ready for lightsabers and the Force, here’s a quick age guide for enjoying Star Wars with your kids. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child’s ability to handle peril and conflict before you make the jump to hyperspace.


Star Wars LegoAge 6: Your padawan is ready to begin with the basics; nothing too scary.


Age 7: Training continues: Kids are ready for the first (original trilogy) movie — plenty of action, but it all works out OK — and some fun apps.

May The Fourth Be With You and Star Wars Rebels
May The Fourth Be With You and Star Wars Rebels

Age 8-9: The original saga concludes, the prequels begin, and the story expands in more new directions. Action and peril get more intense; characters are more conflicted.


Age 10-11: Get in on the action: Games and the Internet bridge the gap between the kid-friendly movies and the edgier Revenge of the Sith.


Age 12: Beware the Dark Side: The final movie of the prequel trilogy is extremely intense.

  • Watch: Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (movie)
  • Discuss: How does Anakin deal with anger in this movie? What are some other options for managing frustration and disappointment? What are the two sides of the Force?


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