You never know what kids are going to get into. Turn your back for a minute, and you’ll discover that they’ve emptied the trashcan all over the kitchen floor. Or they’re giving the cat a bath in the toilet. Or they’re strapping on a bedsheet in preparation to parachute out a window.
Television might not be perfect, but at least kids are relatively safe when they’re watching it. No harm in sitting them in front of a nice, innocent kids’ show for a few minutes, right?
Well, you might want to think again. Parents are finding that some of today’s kids’ shows aren’t quite so innocuous.
Oh, they might steer clear of swear words and bloody violence. But worldview issues? Lifestyles that moms and dads might not be ready to discuss with their children yet? Few parental filters will eliminate those sorts of concerns. As a recent controversy over CoComelon Lane illustrates (where a toddler’s two dads encourage him to wear a tutu and tiara), even the most innocent of children’s shows can pose problems for families.
What’s a parent to do? Our team tackles that ticklish topic in our first segment.
And in our second segment, we’ll introduce you to a shiny new feature on the Plugged In website. We call it On the Radar, and it’s designed to unpack the day’s biggest entertainment and pop culture headlines, tell you why it’s important and how you can use it to spark discussion or change in your own family. Want to see what it’s all about? We’ll post the feature every Saturday on our blog, and you can check out our latest installment here.
We want your thoughts to be on our radar, too! Tell us what you think about the state of kids’ television these days—and relate a story where you were surprised by a seemingly innocent TV show. We want to hear what you think of our new feature, too. Tell us below in the comments section. Talk to us on Facebook and Instagram. Send us an email at [email protected] Or leave us a voicemail on our homepage.
And next week, be sure to check out The Plugged In Show to hear us talk all about romcoms—the best, the worst and how they impact us.