Friday, October 29, 2010

What Started as Facebook Status...Ends Here....

I posted this as a Facebook status update yesterday because it was fitting for what I had heard from Kayla. She was naming off some of her friends Halloween costumes and she said one of her friends was going as "Snooki". I turned to her and said "she shouldn't even know who that is!". She said back, "I've never even seen the show that she is from". And I said "of course not, I don't allow you to watch such trash".

So I posted this when I came home....
I think I've figured out what's wrong with most kids today, it's their parents. Kayla said that kids at her school are allowed to watch Jersey Shore, Family Guy, Gossip Girl, and most all the raunchy "adult" shows on tv. Not to mention all the horror movies they are allowed to watch. Saw, Hostel, The Crazies, etc. What is wrong with parents?!
Thing is, I am fairly strict when it comes to tv/movie viewing and music and video game choices. I mean after all there are ratings on these things for a reason. Right? I mean some guy doesn't sit and just put TV14 on something because it's the 14th day of the month, right? Exactly. So yea, I use the ratings a lot when it comes to choices. Most all things on Nickelodeon is tolerable by me to some extent. There are a couple of shows or "movies" that I don't allow Kayla to watch on TeenNick though. I mean why would I want my 11 year old to watch "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging"? First off I didn't want my 11 year old to even know what a thong was, let alone snogging. Why put that on at all?! Anyways. It's not up to the tv networks to monitor your child's viewing habits, it's yours.

I keep hearing a lot of parents saying "well when I was in school we didn't do {blank} or say {blank}". Really? Or "that wasn't around". Really? Actually it was around, it's just your parents didn't let you watch it or listen to it. And of course you didn't do or say those things because either a} your parents would have spanked your butt or b} you didn't know anything about it at that age.

All these things are being introduced to our kids at younger and younger ages because of your television and radio.

When I'm in the car, I listen to today's music. I guess that may be because I'm still in my late 20's or because I had to listen to the "Golden Oldies" and hated it when I was growing up. Either way, when a song comes on that I know is not a good song for the girls to hear, I turn it. {it's really that simple} If I get the "why did you turn that?" question, I reply with the truth "because it's an ugly song". Same with tv. If I am watching a show that is not suitable for the kids and they come in the room, I turn it. Usually though, I don't watch anything like that when my kids are awake. Because you never know when they're listening. I have yet to watch any horror movies this Halloween season because the good ones are on when the kids are up. Those are movies that the kids don't need to see.

And it's not just the tween age that's watching things and listening to things they shouldn't. There is a couple of kids in the PreK class that watched Halloween, you know the one with Michael Myers?! Yea. They are 4!! What is wrong with parents?! And the music that they are allowed to listen too. Two little boys was singing the Pretty Boi Swag a couple of weeks ago. And if you haven't heard that song, well you should def not let your kids hear it. Go to YouTube and look it up. TERRIBLE SONG!! But it's got a catchy beat that I know will catch the kids ears.

Did y'all know that I wasn't allowed to watch hardly anything until I was in high school?! That's right. I wasn't allowed to watch Beavis and Butthead, RoseAnne {because of the way the kids acted and talked to their parents}, Saturday Night Live or any scary movies. I of course hated it but now that I have kids of my own, I see why.

So I guess that everybody needs to stop saying "what's wrong with the kids today?". It's the parents fault.

4 comments:

Laura said...

I couldn't agree with you more... parents need to take more responsibility for what they are allowing their children to see and hear... I always hate it when they say.."I can't help what they hear at school." Yes, maybe.. but you can help what they hear and see in your home...

it does make a difference, look at how much earlier kids are sexually active these days, look how they dress at an early age, look at what kinds of books are considered okay for kids to read... it's all because boundaries aren't being set by parents...

so AMEN on your post!

Elise said...

Amen!! Wow, I am shocked at the "kid shows" these days. They've really lowered the bar. I have a neighbor who lets his daughter watch James Bond with him. What?? This same neighbor told my children about sex. Oy, needless to say, we don't play with that neighbor anymore. Oh yeah, she's 7. Seven!! Just this past weekend, we went camping with cub scouts and my son's friend, who is in second grade, said the witch at the end of the Haunted Trail was sexy. His mom didn't see anything wrong with that. So now, my son kind of has an idea of what that is. Oh yes, he also asked to dress up as Mike Meyers for Halloween. Are you kidding me?? I should have keep homeschooling. Oy...
Elise

Wendy said...

I dont watch Jersey Shore, I definitely don't want my kids watching it! I will admit my son likes some not too nice rap songs (he's 9), but I dont think he understands (as in knows what they are saying, not what it means) the lyrics. Pretty Boi Swag is one of them. I grew up watching Alien & Predator and other movies I shoudlnt have watched at those ages! But my kids dont. Layla wanted to be Lady Gaga for Halloween. Dont think so!

Jennifer said...

You sound just like me! My 12 year old daughter gets so frustrated at me and my husband b/c of our same rules. We don't let her watch much of anything on TeenNick (ack, I've seen the commercial for Degrassi once and that was enough to make me cringe!). I'm like you with the music and the tv if she's still up or comes in the room or something comes on the radio that she doesn't need to hear. And when we went to look for a Halloween constume, I had to explain that I didn't want her getting the costume she picked out b/c I didn't want her looking inappropriate and drawing inappropriate attention to herself.

I also couldn't watch certain shows or movies, even when I was in high school. No Friday 13 movies for me till after I graduated! I was also one with a curfew of 11:30 until I was married...yes, married! And I got married at the age of 22!!! :) But I am truly thankful that my parents were so watchful of me and my innocence.