Turning off the TV...or not?

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Turning off the TV...or not?
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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 1:26pm

I've pretty much let Kurt watch the TV shows he likes. he doesn't watch too much TV and usually goes down in the basement to watch his shows. Yesterday he was watching the Family Guy and after about 15 minutes I made him turn it off. I admit, I think its usually a funny show, but yesterday's was just gross and I realized its not a show for kids. he went to watch it downstairs and I told him "No, you aren't watching it at all." he didn't get mad - he just started reading a book.

Two other shows he likes to watch are Seinfeld and 24. I'm on the fence about Seinfeld (I hate sitcoms so I've only seen about 3 episodes). I do NOT want him to watch 24...but I've never watched it. I guess there is a special on Sunday and then the series starts up again. Does anyone watch it? Would you let a 13 year old boy watch it?

So, is it wrong to not let him watch shows he's previously been allowed to watch?? I'm not trying to punish him or anything, I just think those shows are not appropriate. I guess I wasn't really paying attention before and besides, a lot of the stuff used to go ver his head. It probably doesn't anymore, but I don't think he needs to sit and laugh at a show that is making jokes about abortions (I'm pro choice, but come one...tasteless!) and the creepy old man in Family Guy is not funny at all.

Am I wrong about this? Is he just going to hate me?

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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 2:49pm

Hey Leah,


I don't think it's wrong. Just explain to him something that once was appropriate no longer is. I have never watched 24 so I can't speak to that. We have the cable boxes set to block anything PG-13 or above. That is just our rule of thumb.


He won't hate you... he may not like it but that's all apart of being a mom.


 

 

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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 2:59pm

I don't think it's a big deal to not let a child watch a show that they'd previously watched. Esp if he really didn't care if you turned the TV off or not.


Personally- I think Family Guy is just stupid.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 11-17-2008 - 3:24pm

No, you are not off base, I think it's easier sometimes to go with the flow, but that doesn't mean it's the *right* thing to do. It would be much easier to let him continue, but I think your mom instinct is telling you something and you should listen and follow through.

My kids don't watch any network TV shows other than Dancing with the Stars (my dd only), no crime shows or other ongoing series, IMO those are geared towards adults, not early teens, and if they watch enough of those type shows they get immune to the language and the barrage of rudeness in some of them and that type stuff seems normal.

I loved Seinfeld (as an adult) but it isn't something I would let my kids watch, too much casual dating, I mean, I still use the term "sponge-worthy"!! Great show, just not for kids. Don't know much about 24 though, sorry, what little I have seen of promos it seems to have a lot of violence. Family Guy, my son has seen it, but I wouldn't allow it regularly (and he saw it elsewhere, not at home).

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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 6:27pm

I don't let my kids watch Family Guy, I've heard it's tasteless and not really for kids. I don't think there is anything wrong with banning a show if you donot think they should watch--even if they previously could.

I love Seinfeld but I don't think this one is for kids either. It has a lot of adult themes. We have a few seasons on dvd & my dd has asked to watch. But I don't let her usually--I'd have to prescreen first! I have no idea about 24.

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Tue, 11-18-2008 - 6:33pm

No, of course it's not wrong. It would be wrong to allow him to watch something that you considered inappropriate because it was allowed before.

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Wed, 11-19-2008 - 3:13pm
My 13 yo DS loves Family Guy, which I think is just the worst show ever. I will make him turn it off. He has watched all the seasons of 24, which is probably too violent. The problem I have is that I am divorced and he will start watching these shows w/ his father, who apparently has more tolerance for violence than I do. His older sister also liked 24. I think Seinfeld is ok.