Sep 4, 2014

PG Recommended

Only recently since my children started watching Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon's noon shows which are meant for older children, did I notice each show now comes with a TV parental guide. I decided to look at the list of cartoons and their rating from those 2 channels and surprisingly, only less than quarter of Cartoon Network’s shows are actually meant for general viewing, some even comes as TV-PG-D which means its dialogue has sexual connotations. 

It’s good that cartoon network has a parental control guide and I wonder how strictly parents follow them. In fact many times, although cooking in the kitchen, I have heard on Disney Junior and Disney Channel, characters addressing each other as “LOSERS” and throwing word like “DAMN”, etc.

I know in the end we can’t bubble wrap our child, I mean, we grew up with TOM and JERRY, and ROAD RUNNER as our cartoons. Look how well we turned out? Well, I can only speak for myself and my friends but I must say we never went running behind anyone calling them horrid names, and being bullies, but may be those cartoons thought us how to deal with bullies and how not to turn into one? There are many lessons in life that one can subconsciously gain from cartoons. 

Whatever the case, the shows we let our children watch, or play on their devices leave an impact on them socially and psychologically and the way they carry themselves. The first signs to know when things are not right, is the language they speak when they are angry about something or with someone. Their choice of anger words and their body language must be observed and if required, evaluated and advised appropriately.

However, like the mischievous cartoon characters we come across on TV, some kids are very smart at pretending in front of their elders and being a real menace behind. Since my children started studying at a new school, my son especially has a lot of complains to share with me about the type of kids in his class especially about one particular boy who ability to switch modes just shocks the living daylight out of us. His parents of course believes no one but their son and that’s when you wonder, what’s going on back at home and how do these kids do it?

So the next time your kids watch something on a kiddy channel, don’t forget to check out if the show is meant for their age and exposure. These codes serve as a purpose - guidance for us as parents. 

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