For someone who's yet to be a mum I sure worry a lot about our children. Last month I did a post on the Sexualization of kids , this post isn't necessarily about the sexualization of children but the imposition of sexual-awareness on them. I might be wrong but I think children are children and ought to be allowed to be children for as long as they possibly can. Probably until they become preteens or teenagers.
I spend a lot of time watching Cartoon Network (against my will, but I don't think my 6 yr old nephew has any business watching the programs that I watch, so it's either CN, Boomerang, Disney Junior, JimJam or Nickelodeon once we're watching TV together) and I couldn't help but notice and be bothered about the kind of shows they air these days. One of my concerns with some shows being aired on CN is that they in no way educate or teach a child morals or moral values, and that's not even a problem as TV is designed more for entertainment than education. What does irk me however is that some play out as deliberately teaching children to be obnoxious and insolent.
Moving on, my first concern is the mild adult content that's a part of a lot of shows on Children's TV, there's already talk of crushes, relationships and being attracted to members of the opposite sex. Then there's the use to pseudo-swear words, for instance dialogues which include sentences like "What the fudge!", now that's innocent alright but is it really necessary?
Most times I'm a silent observer. I don't speak because I worry I'm overreacting as actual mothers don't seem to have a problem, so why should I cry more than the bereaved, right? Yet our prolonged silence will only lead to the complete destruction of morals on children's television. Here's why I think so;
This morning on romancemeetslife I read that Cartoon Network has aired its first gay couple. While I'm sure most people know by now that I have somewhat liberal views about homosexuality, because although the Bible frowns upon it the same Bible first taught me Love, and taught me to love ALL and not SOME of my neighbours as I love myself. Personally I think it is an anomaly but hey, once you're both consenting adults and you're hurting no one I live and let live.
BUT I believe in the sanctity of childhood and children. I understand that in some parts of the World gay couples are getting married and adopting children and for some this is the new normal, yet to have this aired on a satellite channel that probably airs all around the world, in different continents, and caters mainly to children, is simply abominable in my opinion.
So no, the gay couple did nothing scandalous. This is how Myne Whitman posted it;
Cartoon Network has drawn some controversy after they aired what’s believed to be its first openly gay couple on one of the network series, Clarence.
The writer of the show said that in the episode titled “Neighborhood Grill,” the two men who met for a date and proceeded to kiss on the cheeks was actually written to be a kiss on the lips. That kiss was censored by the network.
The writer, Spencer Rothbell, had a Q & A on Twitter with the show's fans and revealed he even had to fight to get the gay couple on screen in the first place. So he accepted to have the kiss censored. He said;
“It’s such a minor throwaway moment but I guess it’s better than nothing. Maybe one day the main character can be gay and it won’t be a big deal.”
I would like to hear your views about this. Parents are you concerned, or are the shows being aired on children channels all innocent? Am I perhaps overreacting? Is there something to be gained in exposing children to such content? Is there something to be lost by not exposing them to such content. What are your general thoughts on this? Please air your views.
Ps; I must add that although I frown upon this imposition of sexual awareness on children, this does not extend to sex education, which I think children should be taught by their parents in order to enlighten and protect them.