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More lessons from the pizza parlor

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I posted here a while ago about going to our neighborhood pizza place for a family night out only to have the tv stop all conversation dead. Since we were the only people eating in, I did ask the pizza guy to turn it off. My kids squealed for 45 seconds and then we got on with our meal and conversation.

This week we went again (I hadn't thought about the tv thing and just needed a quick pit stop on the way to swimming). The TV was on the cartoon network. This time I just shrugged and let them watch while I ate and read the paper.

Then a commercial came on that floored me. FWIW it was 4:30 in the afternoon. The commercial was a locally produced public service message. It was an award winner, produced by a local high school health class. And it was about sexual violence. I group of teens are drinking, one boy slips what is presumably the date rape drug into a young girl's drink. She gets all floppy, he offers to take her home. The ending line was "Sexual assault--it's not always committed by a stranger."

Now this flew right over my kids heads. The didn't even ask what it meant. But it served to confirm that even "good" tv (innocent cartoons, etc.) is bad tv. Commercials are often the worst of it. I'm not saying that there may not be an appropriate place for a commercial like that, but 4:30 in the afternoon on the cartoon network is not it.
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Thanks for the post. You are so right. I think there is some good tv, but 98% of it is bad including all commercials (even PSAs).

We tried Tivos to sort out the bad, but it's useless. Even when people say that I should let DS watch "harmless" Disney movies, I can't help but think how upsetting most of them are. Mommy dies in Bambi, Dumbo, and Finding Nemo. Daddy dies in the Lion King, etc... How do I explain to a 2 year old the plot of Mulan (Barbarians killing innocent people!)?
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I hardly think any Disney (or Pixar) movies are harmless. In fact, they are all too violent for my 4 year old IMO.

We don't do broadcast TV at home because of the commercials but we do rent videos occasionally and there are only 2 or 3 that I think are appropriate for this age.

People seem to not understand that when kids watch very little TV that they are not as accustomed to seeing some of the violent stuff that other kids do. Fortunately my kid will tattle on bad programming.
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I find that I am much more sensitive to this type of content after several years of not watching any TV as well. So much of what is on TV just makes *me* sad/stressed/shocked. I don't want that for my young children
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