Thursday, 12 May 2011

Hey, Parents Making Decisions For Themselves?

That’ll never do!
More than half of parents with children under six let them watch TV shows for adults such as The X Factor, EastEnders and Coronation Street.

They allow children as young as two to see soap operas and light entertainment shows despite the fact many have inappropriate content.
And that ‘inappropriate content’ is defined by….well, who do you think?
Experts said children could be left disturbed by their ‘toxic’ viewing, leading to anxiety and behavioural problems.
Note that: 'could be'...
The research was released by the Hello campaign which aims to improve young people’s communication.
And their 'experts' aren't bothering with hedging their bets:
Literacy expert Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, said that exposing children to inappropriate TV was like the mental equivalent of ‘leaving a bottle of bleach lying around’.

She said: ‘Parents seem to be under the impression children can cope with the same things as adults but they can’t. It will disturb them.’
Suddenly, there's no equivocation there...

15 comments:

Shinar's Basket Case said...

" watch TV shows for adults such as The X Factor, EastEnders and Coronation Street."

For ADULTS???! Only if the word 'adult' refers to physical age and not intellectual maturity.

subrosa said...

Well said Shinar.

PT said...

Here's a clue>>> "Literacy expert Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, said...."

As detectives, fictional or real, could or might or may say; "follow the money."

Tattyfalarr said...

6.30 - 7.30 pm...winding down period for children aged 2 - 4 ...bath, pjs on and sat on sofa with mum or dad with a book or watching a children's dvd settling down ready for their bedtime. That's one difference between "parents" and "breeders".

Gordo said...

All television is rubbish.

Chalcedon said...

Children are much more resilient than this expert thinks. Hiding behind the sofa etc when the Daleks came on. This did not consign that generation of children in the UK to turn into gibbering wrecks did it?

Tattyfalarr said...

Umm that's debatable Chalcedon...my mum & dad let my little brother stay up to watch it with us older ones ONCE...he was 3 and ran screaming from the room at the music. It can stil make him sweat now and he's almost middle aged !
..
I do think kids need a bogeyman to be a bit scared of and then reeassurance that it's not real but when it's people constantly slagging each off or being miserable in soaps all the time that's different. Kids aged between 2 and 4 are learning to read faces, expressions, body language etc. It's bound to have a negative effect on their development even if it doesn't scar them hugely.

Shinar's Basket Case said...

"If you have been effected by tonight's program.. "

Yep the bad acting, insipid dialogue and the total lack of any plot have left me and my children scared for life.

"'ere M wheredidja get tha machine gun, loik, innit?"

"Dunno Charlie, gor blimey stone the crows guv, hows your father, spirit of the blitz. Let 'ave a kneesup round the ol'joanna, alright there Grandad, up the hammers"

Shinar's Basket Case said...

Guns don't kill people...








...coppers do.

Shinar's Basket Case said...

Jools, sorry but I've no idea why that last comment ended up here. Should have been in the rubric about the police executing someone for the offence of Being Foreign In Public.

Woman on a Raft said...

You've got it mixed up, Shiner, that's Jamie Oliver's cookery show you've been watching, hence no plot whatsoever. Easy mistake.

The one you are thinking of is Shouty Cockneys and the dialogue goes:

/Bollywood look/
"I'm warning you"
"Awright darlin, keep yer 'air on"
"This is the last time"
"Or what?"
/slap/
"Right, that's it, you two, Get Out Of My Pub".
Then someone falls off a roof and it makes no difference to the story.

Worry lines said...

Could be, possibly, might, danger of, potential for...

The list of experts' anxieties grows daily. Yes, all sorts of things could happen; a meteor could slam into the earth before I get my dinner tonight, but then maybe it won't.

However, saying "so what" or "maybe not" tends to make you look, er, less interesting to your fellow worriers.

Anonymous said...

Someone should tell the cloth eared bint that after a couple of episodes of the vile Tracy Beaker show most kids, if not all, will be inured to that feeble list of trash TV.

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

Oh, Mary Whitehouse, come back! All is forgiven!

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

Mary Whitehouse, come back! All is forgiven!