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.
Happy mom to DS2000, DS2002, DD2004, DS2006 and DS 10/2009: