T.V. Television. The idiot box. The tube. There’s some good on there. There’s a lot of bad on there. Then, there’s that stuff that’s in between. The stuff that looks innocent but when you pay attention there are things you don’t want to teach your kids.
We have cable. We love American Idol, Chopped, So You Think You Can Dance, stuff like that. Our kids love the Disney Channel. That’s about all they watch. But I’ve noticed a trend in those kiddy shows: children who constantly lie, disobey, and deceive. Not the evil characters, the main ones. The ones on the commercials, making music videos. The ones our kids like. And it’s beginning to really bother me. I don’t let my kids act like that. And it’s not a light subject.
One episode really got to me. The main character (a high schooler) was fed up with a disrespectful teacher so she took one of his pencils and broke the lead on it in front of his face. Disobedient and disrespectful. She deserved to be punished. And when her parents found out they disciplined her as well. Right? Not exactly. The teacher punished her. But when her mom found out she exclaimed, “But you did nothing wrong!” Nothing wrong? Are you kidding me? The mom then when down to the school, swiped everything off the teacher’s desk and chased him around the school. What a great example.
So, now we have to worry not only about the obvious stuff on T.V., the language and inappropriate material, but the attitudes as well. Role models who really aren’t good role models. A subtle destructive message that seeks to program our kids with unbiblical attitudes and behaviors. “Seeks?” you say. Yeah, seeks. The god of this world seeks to steal, kill, and destroy and he’ll do it in the most effective ways he can. T.V. is no exception.
So, I’m torn. I like some things on T.V. I hate others. I don’t want those influences on my kids. So…big decisions may be ahead.
What do you think?