What Kids, or People, Should NOT Be Watching
With all the parents organizations and committees telling other parents what is appropriate for their kids to watch, the kids are stuck watching some really dumb shows. According to the Parents Television Council the number one show that kids should be allowed to watch is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Parents are always concerned with the content of shows, but this show, I believe has absolutely no educational value and barely any entertaining content, unless you think a grown man [Ty Pennington] crying and acting like a fool every five seconds is entertainment. The show focuses on the carpenter Ty Pennington, who builds houses for the less fortunate. The premise of the show seems as if it would be teaching kids good moral values such as giving to those who are less fortunate which is good and all but many of those people end up losing the house within the year because they cannot afford the house payments and the cost to maintain the houses are extremely high. The dialogue of the show is also poorly written, if at all, and it comes out sounding very cheesy. I believe shows like this cause people to become less intelligent and I would rather have my kids watch The Simpsons or Family Guy especially if I had to watch the shows with them.
The show deemed worst for kids to watch was Family Guy. I do believe that some of the content of the show is somewhat inappropriate, but a lot of it goes over the kid’s heads anyway, and the dialogue is actually entertaining. The show might make fun of pop culture in a sometimes vulgar way but they usually do it cleverly. Family Guy can be pretty witty at times compared to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The writers for Family Guy at least seem intelligent and I would rather have my kids watch a show written well. I watched this show when I was younger with my brother and I know that I was never affected negatively by what I was seeing and hearing.
Spigel states in Welcome to the Dreamhouse that “mass media have been seen as a threatening force that circulates forbidden secrets to children,” but parents cannot shield their kids from everything they consider to be inappropriate all the time, they will learn these “secrets” eventually and when they do it does not mean that the kids will becomes delinquents, chances are most kids will turn out completely fine. I do not advocate passive parenting, but with all the shows that are seen as inappropriate by overprotective parents, kids will eventually have nothing to watch.