Monday, May 3, 2010

Turn off the tv

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While my kids are awake and in the living room I usually have the television on a station that is kid friendly. Whether it's Nick Jr, the Disney Channel or a family movie from Netflix it's a program that I know is safe for them. Yesterday was out of the ordinary and I was under the weather so I was watching randomness on the tv. I had the station set to the USA network and was watching a few sitcoms and an old movie. We got up to fix dinner and it was about 6:30 in the evening so most kids are awake at this time. I hear this commercial come on and it piqued my attention. It goes on to talk about this pill to increase a women's sex performance. WhaT?! I couldn't get to the controller fast enough to change the channel.
I changed it to another network where another older movie was coming on. I thought it was safe to leave on. Boy was I wrong again. I thought that family friendly cable networks took out or changed the swear words on movies. But this movie in question still had the words pissed, b!tch and a$$ left in. They altered the mother of all words but you could still tell what it was. What is it with tv?! Why is it that more and more networks are allowing this type of talk? I realize that we all have let them slip out of our mouths and we regret it when we do it in front of our babes but to allow tv to do it in front of them? I'm not perfect by any means but I try every day to become a better Christian and mother and using such language doesn't add up in my book. I guess I'll be trying harder to offer a better viewing program or I maybe I will turn off the tv next time.
What is your take on swearing in front of your kids?

James 4:11
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.



Tylaine said...

Good Post. It is shocking what they have on tv nowaday and even on regular public television. It could be a nice family you're watching and then like you say some commercial for sex enhancing drugs! It's so insidious. Even some of the kids shows nowadays I don't like my kids to watch because the behaviour or language is disrespectful (ie. Spongebob!!) It only takes one time for a kid to hear something like that and mimic it (and somehow they pick up on the negative more than the poitive :))

We 2 Bees said...

I so know what you are saying! I try to watch the words that come out of mouth. I do not swear, but I try to watch the negative, discouraging things as well. They pick up on everything. I turn the TV off a lot more than I used to, because you just never know. Great reminder!

Kendra said...

It is crazy what they put on tv now, but even crazier is what they put on the radio!! I've taken to listening to Christian music almost exclusively when the kiddos are in the car--if they are going to be singing a song, I want it to say good things, and they'll sing, they are like little sponges.

Cascia Talbert said...

I try my best to not swear around my kids, but sometimes it is so hard!

Susie said...

TV is not what it used to be.

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