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    08-06-2012, 01:53 PM
Db- I think it's unfair to blame the media. Parents should be monitoring what their children watch and installing good values and good sense so that they don't see ****s on Jersey Shore or whatever other show (male and female) and think that's the bee's knees. If you have cable, you have parent controls to block the trash. And before someone says it, yes a kid can go to someone else's house to watch tv. Again it falls to the parents to step in and work with other parents or limit the activities the kids do outside of supervision.
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    08-06-2012, 02:49 PM
When children are young, you narrow down the media that they have access to seeing, and you build in them the understanding of what is "bad" and what is "good". As they become older, the parent, knowing that they can never control fully wht the child will be exposed to, allows them greater and greater access to the boatload of crap that is out there. I dont' mean you put it on their plate, but you dont' say "No" when they ask to see a violent movie, or one with cuss words. If you have actually educated your child, they will be able to see that stuff and know it for what it is. Crap. (I am thinking of the above example of Jersey Shore). Or, better yet, once they have seen it a few times, they will lose interest.

If the parent disallows teens to see any of the media that they know is bad, then the teen will only want to see it more. Forbidden fruit looks much tastier than it really is.
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    08-06-2012, 04:05 PM
Dancing I am not placing the blame squarely on the media.
The parents and their way of raising their children has far more of an impact.
However in a soceity that glamorizes people like those on the jersey shore and rewards them with celebrity and financial success we are sending a clear picture. Sex sells and will make you popular and successful.
We must look at the whole picture to establish the cause and find a solution.
You might have some success at coun troling a childs whereabouts. But never their thoughts. Shalom
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    08-06-2012, 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
Db- I think it's unfair to blame the media.
I agree, but they are bombarded with it nonetheless, although I don't place the blame directly on the media. TV networks are profit making businesses - thus they provide what the people want to watch. Television is very responsive to the public - if the ratings are down, shows get canceled. So the trash is there because the public likes trash, pure and simple. It is no different than drugs...if people didn't want/use them, there would be no drug dealers. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Permissiveness begets worse permissiveness begets even worse permissiveness. We conservatives get chastized regularly by liberals for our conservative values, but all it takes is a look at society today to see why we are the way we are. I wish we could go back to the time when children could be children and weren't constantly confronted by sex, drugs, and crime. At 16 I thought it was exciting to hold hands with a girl, had no idea what pot was, and followed the rules of society. How bored today's kids would be with that, but they would be so much better off...
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