I personally think media has gone way to far in going violent.
With all the detective shows, suggestive shows, etc. Not to mention all the violent movies out now. Enough is enough in my opinion..
whose with me... we must take a stand, I believe.
I'm not exactly sure what shows you are speaking of, but I believe in not censoring everything we put out there. I mean honestly if you want to keep your kids away from that stuff, block it and don't let them watch it. Sooner or later, they will see that kind of stuff. I do agree to a certain degree. There are some things I wouldn't want my kids seeing, but I do know how to handle that. It doesn't mean I want it censored or stopped because I tend to like that kind of stuff. Violent movies are great, what is wrong with that? Violence is good as long as you can tell where reality begins and ends.
i understand what you are saying. me...i'm not into censoring what people view or read. so i just read or view what interests me and of course supervise/protect children/youth i'm responsible for. even if something was legally censored and made illegal, it would just go underground, like it already does. Me, I get tired of the media sensationalizing famous people and their stupid lives - so i just don't pay attention. Me, I get tired of the marketing ploys targetting the masses to consume whatever new crap is for sale - so i just don't pay attention.
I did not notice this. But then, everyone watches what fits their mind and soul...
Sorry, Nikki, gotta go with the flow, here. I don't watch many shows, but when I do it is not one filled with gratuitous violence. Nevertheless, it is not my place to censor what other people want to watch.
I consider the television much like I do an open pack of cigarettes sitting on the kitchen table with no one around.
It's easy for us to say, 'they shouldn't be there', but it is just as easy to say, 'I'll watch over them so no one gets hurt, or I will put them up so they can't be taken while I'm gone'.
The same goes with the TV. We can watch our kids to see what they are watching, or we can get a newer TV that allows us to set what channels they can watch.
I know that we, as parents, like the idea of turning on the TV and walking away, allowing it to keep our children to be entertained as we commit to our daily tasks, but would you allow your children to play unsupervised at the park? After all, it's not like they'll get hurt if they are 11 or 12, right?
The responsibility lies on us to teach our children good choices and not on others to limit them. And if you think that's harsh, consider the fact that you already agree with this philosophy. You just don't know it yet.
Take for example a campfire. You allow your kids to hold a stick and toss marshmallows, but you pull them back if they get too close. That's being a smart parent - and a caring one. However, would it not make more sense to not have a fire at all? After all, no fire means no risk for harm. However, by reminding your child that fire burns and being there to insure they don't just dive in, you are providing a valuable lesson in life.
Television is the same. If your child sees something disturbing, then it is your job as a child to insure the, it's just a TV show and to help them make better choices about what to watch. And if the constantly gravitate toward choices you don't want them to make you have a deeper rooted issue, as your child is testing their boundaries and appears to be winning - accepting any punishment you might mete out, in return for the reward of watching what they want to watch.
There is but one golden rule for children that every parent must know: When the reward outweighs the punishment, the child will always go for the reward. And any opportunity to enforce with your child the values you want them to learn is a chance to weigh out the reward/punishment system, guiding them to living the life you chose for them by showing its an easier path with better rewards.
And yes ... it sounds like I just reversed on what I just said, but I didn't. The fact is, sometimes you can steer a child from something harmful by rewarding them for better choices. Again, the child will always chose the greater reward, so offering them a great alternative is often all that is needed to persuade them from a poor choice.
As always, Yoshi has wise words.
I have to agree with the majority on this one, I'm not for censorship. I'm for making wiser choices. In my household, we chose to get rid of the TV altogether. We get all of our entertainment from the computer. Luckily, my daughter is almost an adult and able to make good choices on her own.
Thank you for your comments. However, I disagree. Just because
its on tv,. Doesn't make it exceptible. Violence per say shouldn't be exceptible. Media should have guide lines. In my opinion.
Well, I guess you can blame that on FCC government agency that regulates the TV airwaves and Cable shows.
Thats why we need to request healthier media. I for one do not like
swearing, suggestive content,. I personally can do without that part. To update the above remark.. "Its also up to us as well to request to update our media's policies to leave the above out", I have already emailed an Honorable Senator about that petition url and requested that and to help endangered animals and signed the petition,. Thank you for commenting..
Nikki, can you explain why you feel that your opinion should also apply to the other 349,999,999 of us? I understand that you don't like it and you personally can do without it, but why force everyone else do do without it? Not "downing" you, not sarcastic, just interested in your reasoning.
Well, since I happen to know your religious view and stance, then I would disagree with you about the content, with regards to suggestive content...if you took it out....then there isn't anything left to put on TV? Are you trying to destroy what others enjoy, because you disagree, based on religious bias?
I mean, almost ALL material on TV/CABLE is suggestive content in some manner of perspective? So, unless you clearly define the guidelines, and DO NOT infringe upon the freedom of speech or expression, then I do not see anything changing.
Those who have a religious view are always out to suppress or oppress other people individual rights, because they feel themselves and their opinion is the only right choice.
But, then again, there are lots that could be said to that, so I will leave it there.
I think fictional violence is entirely acceptable. In fact, fictional anything seems acceptable to me--adults get to choose what they--and their children--watch, read or view.
If you dont want to see violence then dont watch tv and movies that contain violence, that simple!!
No violence?!!...then who is going to teach school kids to bring guns to school?
Only yesterday I posted a very detailed Hub on this subject - I think sections of the media have a great deal to answer for
Well, its also up to us as well. To say enough is enough. Lets change the media policies. No more action violence or verbal violence.. suggestive content, sarcastic conduct, swearing,.
Thank you for your comment. Very appreciated.
Turn off the TV. Problem solved.
Why not let the rest of us decide whether we want to watch instead of making the decision on our behalf.
Personally, I enjoy suggestive content and swearing.
I'm perfectly capable of making my own decisions.
I'm not sure that a writers' forum is the best place to promote censorship.
Did you ever watch the old TV shows and movies from the 50s? You never see blood! You never actually see the violence (except for the fist fights). Now it's so graphic, nothing is left to the imagination.
I am completely against censorship. Should all books that contain offensive language, violence, or "sarcastic content" also be banned, or maybe even burned? TV and Movies are profit-central businesses, so if the majority of people are paying to watch these shows and movies, then they will continue to be made.
I also support your right to petition and protest, so you have the right to turn off the TV or send letters to your senator.
I also have to say I agree with Yoshi97's comments about parenting. It is the responsibility of parents to teach their kids about violence in the media and the difference between fiction and reality.
I enjoy my violent shows.
Everyone has the choice to watch what they want.
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