IMAGINE your child/children aged twelve or under telling you that today on TV they watched content that included murder, kidnapping for sexual purposes, robberies, LGBT issues, substance abuse, sorcery, Satanism, witchcraft, necromancy. Oh, and there was strong language as well…what would go through your mind?
Would you be outraged? Who would you be angry at…the child for watching such content or the television channel for airing such? Would you be worried that your child’s innocent mind might be affected by what they had just watched? Would you immediately put parental control on your TV set top box because you automatically believe that your child/children just watched some adult programmes, and so to prevent this from happening again, only allow them access to channels like Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Discovery etc?
As a parent myself, all of the above sound like courses of action that I would take; however, there is just one more question, and it’s a kicker…would you believe your child if they told you that they saw all this on the same channels that you just gave them full access to?
Ok, now that you’ve recovered, I will say this again; all of the adult content mentioned above is played all day, every day on channels aimed at children, including the main culprits, Disney and Cartoon Network.
To the busy parents/guardians out there who have seen these channels as a great way to catch a quick break or a distraction for the children whilst you catch up on your work, reading or chores, I am so sorry to burst your bubble. But if you genuinely cared for your child, then suggest you find other distraction methods.
It is no secret that the world is like an alternate universe compared to what we adults grew up knowing. Gone are the days of actual children’ programmes like Professor Iris, Sesame Street, Care Bears, Captain Planet, Inspector Gadget, The Flintstones, and I really could go on. Those have been replaced by The Regular Show, Clarence, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, Adventure Time, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Descendants, and again, the list goes on.
Children nowadays laugh at us and see us as primitive when we tell them about our childhood when we would pass the time playing games like chinese skip, morrel, bulls eye, marbles, ring games, ticky tock and jacks.
But whilst they are calling us crazy, their ideal pastime is spending hours on Youtube or watching cartoons and programmes that are completely inappropriate for them.
And then there is the blame game where parents, some of them being hardworking, loving and dedicated, are blamed and shamed when their children grow into sociopaths who are rude, faithless, unmannerly and sexually confused.
With all that said, the people behind these channels and programmes are brilliant at what they do, because they have their desired audience (the young, innocent and impressionable). They convey their messages and they do so right under our noses without being detected.
Now that’s not to say that every parent is oblivious to this, because some have gone as far as to forbid their children from watching television and using the Internet; however, parents who have chosen to be vigilant but less extreme, can still fall short of recognizing every hidden sign and message that is out there.
Going back to some of the adult content mentioned above, some of the shows don’t even try to hide what they are doing.
Here is a list of shows that will send any concerned parent into a tail spin if they take the time to look into what their child is watching:
• Regular Show – The characters of this Cartoon Network show use words like “pisses me off”, “crap” and “screwed”. There is also a high level of fantasy violence, occultism, necromancy, witchcraft, law breaking and alcohol abuse.
• Adventure Time – This is another CN show with strong language, high levels of fantasy violence, occultism, necromancy, witchcraft, sexual depiction and connotations, kidnapping and substance abuse.
• Steven Universe – This CN show features an alien being who is a fusion of a lesbian couple who when apart, are desperately trying to fuse again as they cannot bear being separated. There is also a high level of fantasy violence.
• Clarence – Coming from CN again, one of the characters has two live in mothers and featured the channel’s first ever “gay” scene where two men who were dating online, met each other for the first time and kissed (albeit on the cheeks; however, the show’s writers revealed that they were originally meant to kiss on the lips)
• Uncle Grandpa – This CN show has raised many eyebrows with its promotion of fantasy violence, nonsensical storylines with rude language and repulsive visual images including vomiting, turning inside out, passing gas and the use of bodily fluids and biological waste.
• Disney’s Descendants – This Disney film embarks on telling the stories of the lives of the children of Disney Villains, including Jay, the son of “Aladdin” villain Jafar, Carlos, the son of “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella D’evil, Evie, the daughter of the Evil Queen in “Cinderella” and Mal, the daughter of “Sleeping Beauty’s” villain Maleficent. Whilst delivering the main message, that you can choose your own path in lives regardless of your upbringing, the film features a number of musical tracks including the catchy hit “Rotten To The Core” and “Don’t You Wanna Be Evil?”
• Maleficent – This is another Disney film starring Angelina Jolie as the “Mistress of Evil” herself Maleficent, where you get to see the real story behind Disney’s most reviled villain. In the original Sleeping Beauty film that came out in 1959, Maleficent is known as the evil scorned sorceress who dabbled in witchcraft and Satanism. However, the 2014 film, Jolie is portrayed as the misunderstood victim of rape and deceit who turned to the dark side after the father of Aurora betrayed her. The villain becomes somewhat of a heroin, and beloved character after learning that she secretly cared deeply for the young princess and even acted as her guardian angel at times and ultimately saving her after she falls to the curse.
In 2011, the U.S.Parents Television Council blasted Cartoon Network for failing to use a rating system that would inform parents about the show’s contents.
In a 2011 report titled “Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter”, PTC President Tim Winter stated: “Just as shocking as the volume and degree of adult material in the cartoons was the abysmal network failure rate in applying consistent TV content rating standards. During the study period, harsh profanity and graphic sexual depictions aired during programmes rated TV-PG. Cartoon Network failed to use the ratings system to warn parents about sexual content, suggestive dialogue and explicit language 100 per cent of the time. We also discovered the networks are directly marketing adult entertainment products to kids during TV-PG programming, including R-rated movies and TV-MA shows and DVDs”
I could literally speak on this topic nonstop; however due to limited space, I would like to implore parents/guardians to continue looking into this issue online…please don’t let it end with my conclusion.
I beg that you open your eyes to the realities of this evolving world and that you realize that our children are being targeted as the perfect blank slates for programming.
I am by no means asking you to become paranoid and to stifle your child’s growth, however, pay closer attention to what they are soaking up as this could very well be the influence that they choose to follow which leads them down the very path that you have worked so hard to get them to avoid.