TV Rundown

If you asked my children what their biggest complaint is about me as a mother, I am willing to bet that they will say it’s my rules about what they can and can not watch on television. (Although, the fact that I won’t let them play video games during the week is probably a very close second). I’ve always been extremely picky about what I’ll expose my kids to on a daily basis; my theory is that I may not be able to control what they learn from their friends, but I can definitely control what they learn from the obnoxious characters on certain Disney shows. As a result, my daughter missed out entirely on Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place and That’s So Raven. Sass Academies, as one of my friends calls them, on account of how her daughter learned from these shows everything there is to know about being sassy.

 

I won’t lie - the three years between five and eight were rough ones for my daughter and for me, too. All of her friends watched these shows, and she felt really left out when they would talk about them in school or at birthday parties. And when she went to sleepovers or to playdates, it was embarrassing for her to have to say that she wasn’t allowed to watch them. But I told her a long time ago that the excuse of ‘all my friends are doing it’ is never going to work on me, and that if she wants something, she’d have to think of a better reason than that. Unfortunately for her, she never did come up with a better reason, so I remained unconvinced, and she remained un-allowed to watch them.

 

Now that she’s nine, however, I’ve started to ease up a bit. I feel like she’s old enough now to understand that ninety percent of what tv kids say would be considered disrespectful in real life, and I trust her to know the difference. So I’ve begun sifting through the shows, ruling out the ones I think are just horrible, settling on a few that are just slightly awful, and finding one that I actually love. So, in case you were wondering, here’s my list, along with a short critique of each.

 

1. iCarly. Overall, a cute show. My biggest complaint, however, is that the adults are always portrayed as total morons who aren’t nearly as smart as Carly and crew. Why are the teachers all mean and horrible and stupid? Why does Freddy’s mom have to be so strangely overprotective? Why doesn’t anyone else have parents?

 

2. Wizards of Waverly Place. I hate this one, and only reluctantly agreed to it because my daughter has the same name as one of the characters and people are always talking to her about it. But I’m sorry, Alex is just not a nice girl, and I don’t understand why anyone would want to be friends with her. A point I make to my daughter on a regularly annoying basis.

 

3. Shake it Up. Two words: Gunther. Tinka. Seriously? I don’t get it.

 

4. Sponge Bob Square Pants. Funniest. Show. Ever. If only they didn’t use the word ‘stupid’ so much.

 

thisisshank6
06.27.11

I totally agree. TV shows are such a big influence on kids. The amount of shows that are appropriate for kids is shrinking. I actually heard of this new show called iKid. I guess they put kids in really funny situations and what the kids say and do are really funny.

I found it when I was on ryanseacrest.com. I cant wait till it comes out so I can have another show to watch with my kids that is humorous and actualy kid-friendly. Let me know what you guys think and if you agree!!

squeakere
06.14.11

We call the live-action shows "brat TV", because if you watch them, you turn into a brat. :-) My son will actually ask me to change the channel when they come on ("Mommy, brat TV is on!") or change the channel (or turn the TV off) himself. That said, I was informed last night that he doesn't think "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "I'm In The Band" are brat TV. I'll need to check them out before we give them a BTV exception!