Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Santa Cruz County
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After reading the Action Alert on the main home page here I was ready to email my representative regarding the parent's bill of rights and television.
Then I thought about our home and how we parent our son. He doesn't eat junk. He doesn't watch junk on TV. When he wants something marketed just to him, we exercise our responsibilty as his parents and either chose it or not. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine but has no clue who Mickey Mouse is.
Am I naive in thinking that I can explain our family's values to my son as he grows up and hope that he adopts them?
I agree that commercialism in schools, on television - even - PBS is pervasive and that it would be great to adopt some of the rules used by other countries to control it. But as a parent, my job is to educate my child about the world. At some point parents must own up to their part when they let others parent in their place.
My brother just removed a BB gun from my nephew's possesion because he showed it to a friend when no one else was home. My nephew is 10 years old. My brother, a minister, was firm when instructing his son about the rules of this gun. It was only to be used with my brother there and they would use it together.
When I gently posed the "Why does he have a gun at all?" question, my brother said,"Well, what are you gonna do? He loves weapons and I figured this way, we would have an activity together that I could use to teach him about gun safety." I believe, in this case, that my brother passed up on an excellent opportunity to teach bigger lessons to his son. The lessons of peace, parental supervision, etc. My brother is well meaning and he and his wife believe they are good parents. His children are greedy, uncompassionate and insensitive.
Did commercialism do this to them? Or did my brother just let this happen?