Where do some of our kids get the idea it's alright to bully others?
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Where do some of our children get the idea that it is alright to bully other children?
Taking blame or responsibility for teaching children it's alright to bully other children is not something many parents wish to do, yet the reality might be that by allowing children to engage in some entertainment venues may be a powerful influence on their growth. Paying close attention to what children are entertaining themselves with can make a world of difference, because many of the venues available to our kids are full of negativity and ugliness.
Video games, movies, music videos, and other similar platforms are rife with bad behaviors and attitudes that most parents would never knowingly teach to their children...yet they learn them anyway...often without parents even knowing what's happening. Should parents be held accountable if their children exhibit unwelcome, undesirable behaviors and attitudes toward others?
It is not surprising that some kids adopt some of the attitudes and behaviors portrayed and promoted in some of the entertainment venues out there. First, there is just so much of it available; second, it is difficult to know which ones are likely to have undesirable things; third, the manufacturers and producers spend lots of money advertising; and, fourth, most parents are simply "too busy" to pay enough attention.
It is also not hard to understand how allowing kids to engage in some of these things is going to have an affect on vulnerable young minds...at least in my thinking. It's a bit like "Duh...Gee...Who knew?" Really?
Many rock stars and other celebrities target and sell their wares (which often include negative and 'bad' influences) to young children, which makes the issue even more agregious. Isn't it high time we demand better? Do we really want our kids to grow up with some of the things we see promoted so blatantly in some of these venues? If so, all I can say is "Shame on us!" I think we know better than that. I'm just sayin'...
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