Friday, May 04, 2007

protect your children!

Before i really get into my rant here, let me just remind everyone i have no children. This should allow you to see my wisdom in this matter immediately.

An article came out today about the Disney channel accidently showing pornography instead of children's programming. The man who was interviewed about it was quite agahst that his five year old child should see something so "disgusting".

It never ceases to amuse me the lengths parents go to, to keep their children from knowing or seeing sex. The child may be able to watch violent movies, watch some guy get hit in the groin, but aposolutely NO sex is allowed in any context.

Now i'm not suggesting that parents allow their kids to watch X rated videos...but maybe a little more thought should be put into what sort of viewing is acceptable.

With any luck, a child will grow into an adult and have sex. With even more luck, they will never kill someone or be forced to watch a (real life) violent crime. By encouraging children to watch voilence on games or on screen, we inadvertantly condone crimes and condemn sex.

Is this the message we really want children to get?


Jennifer said...

:) your upbringing is showing... i remember one of your parents saying something to the same effect when we were in high school. i never heard anything so sensible in my life.

Becky said...

Thanks for this. I see your point, and I think I agree, but I must say that I don't see a point to allowing our kids to watch violence, either. Although that then begins the debate as to what is "violence" and what is not. Does it not count as "violence" when Scar kills Simba's father in "The Lion King" just because it's Disney and there's no blood? Does it not count as "violence" when Tweety hits Sylvester over the head with a frying pan or when Elmer Fudd shoots at Bugs Bunny, simply because they are cartoons and there is no blood?

There will always be a debate about this, and all I can say is that parents need to do a LOT of thinking about what they allow their children to watch. And they need to not have double standards (such as violence is okay, but sex is not). Your point there is an excellent one.

Anyway, thanks for sharing.