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What Should Your Child Be Watching On Tv?

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    There seems to of been a boom the past few years of absolutely terrible tv shows. I mean terrible. Shows that teach people it's ok, better yet glamorized, to be shallow, vain, rude, and unintelligent. People let their kids watch this stuff and say it's ok because there is no murders or sex scenes or otherwise, "gritty stuff". If you ask me though, I would much rather let my child watch any of the series I have listed below over anything played on the others. I also do understand there is a difference in the type of show, along with the channel. But for the sake of argument I have listed my favorite series. These are the shows I am referring to when I think of great stories.

    First, a quick few notes on what I consider to make a show great:

    1. Story. This is pretty self explanatory.
    2. Directing. Nothing is worth viewing without a director that knows what he or she is doing. At least know how to fit it with the type of show it is.
    3. The actors MUST make you believe that person does not exist anywhere else other than that world. Thus fully developing themselves into character.
    4. Lighting. This is a huge necessity to pull off scenes that are engaging. Of course there is room for movement, depending on scene.
    5. And last but not least, soundtrack. Having a bad soundtrack can ruin a good thing quick.

    These are what I consider to be perfectly made series:

    Breaking Bad
    Sons Of Anarchy
    Sopranos
    True Detective
    Boardwalk Empire


    Now I'm not saying I'm going to strap my kid down and force them to watch these. As they are arguably a little too violent at times. Just a little. But I can honestly say I think the stuff playing on other channels have a far more negative effect on a growing person than what I have listed. I would much rather have a kid that I TEACH right and wrong to about the story. I can explain to them that these are just made up stories. If I allow my child to watch Kardashians, Millionaire Matchmaker, The Bachelor, The Real Housewives, Dance Moms, then I am going to have to explain that in a totally different way. And not a good one. "These are... people who... have too much money? These are people who... aren't like us?". And again, I am not saying people should switch they're child's breakfast cereal show from Spongebob to Jax Teller, I am referring to a little older age group than that.
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    All great shows, no doubt. And I agree, much better for your brain than mindless reality tv. Curious though, at what age would you let your kids watch these shows? Every single one of them has gang violence. Not that I'm judging, just curious..
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    NeoLogic Wrote: All great shows, no doubt. And I agree, much better for your brain than mindless reality tv. Curious though, at what age would you let your kids watch these shows? Every single one of them has gang violence. Not that I'm judging, just curious..
    This is a great question. As a young kid, I would always get mad at my parents for not letting me watch R-rated films until a certain age. That only made me sneak into them and hide the fact that I was going to R-rated films. I have no doubt there are countless other kids like me who do that to this day.

    Television shows are an entirely different beast though. I'm not too aware of shows like we have today being on cable, so I don't know how parents can really handle this. Most of their kids are smarter than them when it comes to technology and can get around the password their parents set up to at least try and prevent their kids from watching these kind of shows. I think the best policy is to watch these kind of shows with your kids once they are 13-14 so they have a safer outlet than trying to sneak behind their parents back, but it's definitely a tough question.
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    No child of mine would be allowed to watch reality Tv, if I could possibly make that happen. Hard, but not impossible. Just explain to them at a young age that it hurts your brain, and makes you stupid. And repeat that every chance you get.
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    Depending on my kid's age, I would let him watch whatever he/she wants. I wouldn't have an 8 year old watching Breaking bad but I wouldn't ban a 13 year old from watching reality TV.

    But reality TV can hardly be called 'reality' anymore. All the situations and conflicts are planned out by producers and stuff.
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    NeoLogic Wrote: All great shows, no doubt. And I agree, much better for your brain than mindless reality tv. Curious though, at what age would you let your kids watch these shows? Every single one of them has gang violence. Not that I'm judging, just curious..
    Hard to say exactly, but when they are at the age to be able to have a mature intelligent processing path to right and wrong. Maybe 13 or so. It's hard to say these days because kids seem to be getting more mature at a younger age.
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    Saying there is some sort of age where your child suddenly becomes mature enough to process certain information and make decisions is kinda ridiculous. It would have to be a case by case basis
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    Whovian Wrote: Saying there is some sort of age where your child suddenly becomes mature enough to process certain information and make decisions is kinda ridiculous. It would have to be a case by case basis
    If you are referring to my comment:

    I wouldn't say it's ridiculous at all. I never said there is a certain age that a child suddenly becomes mature. I said it's hard to say. Meaning there is no definite age. Along with that I also said my 'guess' as to age would be 13. And I would have to disagree with you for the majority. Our whole education system is built on mental maturity stages. So there is a set standard for age-to-mental maturity set in place for decades. Once a child becomes mature enough mentally to begin absorbing names of colors and shapes, they go to pre-school. Once they raise in maturity a bit more they begin to learn numbers and letters among other things. After that they are able to absorb things like complex math, science, English, history, and electoral's. As they progress through (I'd say elementary-middle school) they become more and more mature, they learn more and more things pertaining to each subject of education along with life values and empathy skills. That's where this subject would be relevant.

    Depending on what the child had been taught up to that point about everything surrounding life values (right, wrong, golden rule, etc, etc), that's when the parent could make the ultimate decision as to if that child is mature enough to mentally process each individual show. The part I do agree with you on is it would be a case by case basis. But as I said, I think the grouping would be much bigger than one child at a time. My long-term girlfriend has been a 3rd grade educator for years now so I have spent many many nights talking about each individual student's problems. I have been to the school more times than I can count to observe and take part in helping the students. Out of about 200 students, I'd say maybe 5 of them were very mentally immature. In all cases completely due to the parents either not being there or some other circumstance of non-education. Not necessarily the students mental capacity at all. I'm no expert of children and/or teaching. But being around and having a part in it for years now, I think I at least have somewhat of a idea.

    All that being said, I think there is more of a line to gauge whether a child is at a mentally mature age or not. At least enough to watch or not let watch certain tv programs.

    A couple other examples of what I'm referring to is:

    Age 16- Applicable to get drivers license
    Age 18- Applicable to purchase tobacco
    Age 21- Applicable to purchase alcohol

    These are just a few more examples of society deciding as a whole, based on mentally maturity of the majority of growing people.