Be a parent and stop relying on the government to be the parents for us.
I mean, seriously, are parents these days so lazy that they can't monitor what their kids watch on TV? Get off of facebook and put the phone down...BE PARENTS. Stop relying on the government to do your job. Sure, we need some regulation, but in reality, it's our homes and we'll watch what we want
Sounds great, except for the fact that the garbage that passes for TV entertainment is inappropriate for children. We used to watch broadcast TV free of profanity, drugs, and sexuality. Yes there was violence, but not as much as I've noticed increasing the last decade. I can't let my daughter watch broadcast TV with us, or even listen to the local FM rock stations in NJ area. The commercials are inappropriate and vulgar as well. This is shameful and indicative of a declining society. I'm upset that my taxes go towards the loosening of standards and lack of censorship. Children should not require their parents to hover over them 24/7 to turn off the radio or TV each time some filth crosses the airways. It's not about being a lazy parent, it's about being able to run a household or work while knowing your kids are not being corrupted by immoral garbage under their very roof and having to pay the cable company to do it. We watched tons of TV as kids and it was way more wholesome than the trash we have allowed the networks to fill the airways with now. It's time to stop the insanity and start cracking down.
I tend to agree with the original poster, BUT everyone has to know the rules, and the FCC has to make sure the networks keep their side of the bargain:
1. ALL programming has to be appropriately rated. If the programming is a live feed, the networks are still responsible for its content, even if requires a delay for necessary sanitation. Also, networks and local stations are responsible for assuring that their commercials are also appropriate for the rating they have posted, just as theater operators have to make sure their trailers much match the rating of the feature film.
2. ALL parents are responsible for what their kids watch. If the programming is appropriately labelled, and their television's v-chips are appropriately set and working, then their families will not be accidentally exposed to inappropriate programming.
If the programmers, and advertisers, do not live up their end of the bargain, of course parents and other concerned viewers have the responsibility to petition them, and the FCC, individually or in groups.
If their kids continually resetting the v-chips in order to seek out inappropriate programming, that is a discipline problem, and, no, it doesn't take a "village" or a "nanny state" to remedy the situation...just better parenting!
It doesn't matter how well you monitor your kids, we do live in an age of TECHNOLOGY and therefore it is very easy for kids to get through parental controls. So, please don't pin this on JUST the parents. America's morals for what we show on TV have gone out the window. More regulations need to be put on tv media. Maybe if we took the millions of dollars Snooki is making an episode, and put it towards building better facilities for children, we could help the younger generations.
What "choice" do we have when NBC airs a soft **** Carl's Jr commercial during an NCAA football game? YOU need to educate YOURSELF on the reality that inappropriate things air at times when it is reasonable for children to be watching tv. I don't want to rely on the gov't, been when companies and network channels make it difficult to for children to watch acceptable programming like sports WE have nowhere else to turn. I felt helpless as I fuddled for the remote control to try to change the channel so my 7 year old boy wouldn't watch the soft **** Carl's Jr. commercial. I could care less if that commercial aired at 8:00 pm because my son would be in bed, but 4:30 in the afternoon? Come on, you'd even have to agree that that was inappropriate timing. I needed a middle man - FCC - to advocate on parents' behalf!
Mathew Waldrop commented
Do think that the FCC ahs to do with what your 'family channels' play? Your 'family channel' networks approved of this commercial. Do keep in mind that the FCC doesn't just drop the advertisements in there, the actual network who owns it (ie ACB, NIck, Cartoon Network, Fox, CBN CNN) have to let it air. You know you could just restrict you kids to KIDS channels. Just saying.
Jennipher Baker commented
Lazy??? That I am not.............
The FCC should BAN the inappropriately ****** advertising campaigns of many of our biggest businesses and CENSOR all advertisements during family viewing hours!
As a mother of 3 children and an elementary school teacher for 17 years, I have recently become nauseated by explicitly ****** nature of many of today’s commercials. It seems that many businesses have succumbed to the idea that *** sales at the expense of our children and the FCC is not doing it’s part to protect our youngest consumer’s. It seems that no one wants to look at or take responsibility for the effect of their advertising on our youth; they just want to make money. To make matters worse the FCC has allowed these sexually provocative commercials to contaminate family viewing time and worst of all family channels. we should be able to watch American Idol with our families without having to filter soft **** commericials.
Where has this countries morality gone?
Smart Parent commented
Regulation schmegulation. Parents are lazy and refuse to take the blame for their children's actions. It is not the media's fault for your child's poor standing in school or their fondness for fighting. It is YOUR fault for not teaching your children right from wrong. Raise your kids. It's not the government's responsibility. My mother let me have free reign on my television. I could entertain myself watching whatever I chose, but she always made it painfully apparent that what is on TV should not always be mimicked in real life. I thank her for letting keep an open mind but making sure I understood the consequences of actions and that television was not reality.
Take responsibility parents. Do your jobs. You shouldn't have had children if that was something you're incapable of doing.
olan williams commented
they are going to be exposed to it in the real world anyways so wh6y do you insist on building a sugar coated world for you and your child when it will make it extremely difficult for them to function in the real world?
RACHAEL BOWSER commented
some parents are not home during the day because they both have to work since the economy is so ******. or some parents are single parents. so they get babysitters, and sometimes the babysitters watch the yucky tv. the nasty stuff just shouldn't be on the television. 10 years ago it wasn't and yes i know things are changing, but i don't think its a good change when i go shopping with my daughter and she won't get any of the shorts because they are too short!!!! the media is horriable. i like watching tv, but not with my daughter around.
Michael Buffaloe commented
I think people often misunderstand the FCC.
To an extent, censorship is a useful tool. Certain programming targeted at certain audiences should be held to certain standards. Kids' programming should be free of any concerning or offensive material, as it's intended specifically for kids. More freedom from restriction and censorship should be provided to that programming that is targeted at an older audience. No government censorship should be applied to those networks which are not free to access - e.g. "opt-in" - as each consumer must choose to pay for that content before they can watch it.
The FCC shouldn't regulate every program based on the same standards, but I feel without the FCC it'd be much more difficult to be a parent. Personally, if there was zero censorship whatsoever, I'd simply cancel the cable. It's not possible (or good parenting) to be over a kid's shoulder all the time - there are other, easier-to-regulate entertainment options that can be provided in lieu of television that are also relatively free of the things that you wouldn't want to expose a kid to.
Totally agreed. Why we have the FCC to monitor what our children watch is beyond me. it just shows that our country has both become far too lazy for their own good and that the government has overstepped its boundaries. not to mention, the V-chip has to be the worst idea i've ever heard of.