What are your kids watching?
Written by: Michael Jennings
We tend to think that educational shows, networks, or apps are safe zones for our children to view content. Research shows that educational television viewed in moderation can benefit your child’s intellectual development. It is a common practice for many parents to allow their young children this screen time while they catch up on daily chores, errands, etc. However, are your kids viewing what you think they are viewing? It has become a recent phenomenon for adults and adolescents to edit kid’s content with some twisted themes. While it may appear that your child is harmlessly viewing “Peppa Pig”, your child is being exposed to what appears like their favorite cartoon character committing violent and suicidal actions. Attached below is an example found on Youtube Kids.
So how do you respond as a parent?
- Watch these educational programs with your children. Don’t assume a particular app, channel, or show is “safe”. Make sure for yourself that your kid is being exposed to appropriate content.
- If your child is exposed to some type of inappropriate content, have conversations with them about what they have seen. Your kids are learning all the time, with or without you.
“Adults often have the mistaken notion that telling children about harsh realities will destroy their innocence. But you do not lose innocence when you learn about terrible acts; you lose your innocence when you commit them”-Desmond Tutu