Has anyone seen the lineup for the fall on NBC and ABC this year?
I have, and I am appalled.
Pan Am on ABC- “Passion, jealousy and espionage… They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in this thrilling and highly-original new series.”
Is it just me, or are the television shows coming out getting more raunchy and offensive EVERY SINGLE SEASON?
After reading an article in my local newspaper today, I got to thinking about it. I’m a big fan of advocacy, of getting involved where I can. I admit that my focus has not previously been on protecting the airwaves from trashy TV shows. That will change today, however.
What can we do to keep this kind of stuff away from our children?
- First and foremost (and probably most obvious): DON’T WATCH IT. Do not support these shows by watching them, even without the kids present. Of course, we know that simply not watching a specific show does not necessarily mean our kids won’t be exposed. You can be watching a family-friendly primetime show when a lovely commercial happens to come on, and boom! Let’s not also forget that kids hear about this kind of stuff through school and friends too. I feel that we have to do more than simply look away…
- File a complaint! You can go to ParentsTV.org and file a complaint about any particular show that you find offensive. Get your voice out there, and let the FCC know how you feel!
- Contact sponsors of the shows you do not want aired. Again, you can go to ParentsTV.org and find a lot of information there about what companies are sponsoring what shows. Let them know that you will not be supporting their business(es) if they continue sponsorship. As always, be firm, but polite. These big companies are not all out to expose us to indecency…they are simply trying to make money.
- Get rid of the TV. This may seem extreme, and in some cases it may be, while to others, probably not. While I haven’t gotten rid of my TV, I have stopped watching prime time altogether. I won’t lie to you. I love my Biggest Loser show. I’m willing to give it up though, if the commercials that air during it aren’t cleaned up. So…we just don’t watch prime time…PERIOD.
What are your thoughts? What do you do to control what your kids are watching and seeing? http://www.parentstv.org/