Everything that surrounds the child contributes to

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Everything that surrounds the child contributes to its mental development because children’s brains obtain information and learn mostly through observation and sight. If there are shows such as the ones that I researched with gay couples, explicit content (drugs, sex, alcohol), and tasteless language, then kids are witnessing aspects of life that 7
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really should not be introduced to them for a number of years. Even though these are the things that occur in our culture today, it is not right to risk having our kids adjust to this much information at such an early age. As for the adolescents and teenagers, I believe this type of material is healthy for them to watch because they should understand the hardships and peer pressures of things like drinking and drugs as long especially if the series that portrays these things promote how to avoid them and reveal the consequences they come with. However, I don’t think the sex and cursing is healthy for teenagers to watch for comedic relief because teens will begin to view sex and harsh language as casual actions that are acceptable in today’s society. Once something is included on television it can be considered something typical to our everyday lives. For example, using curse words in character dialogues for comedic relief makes it seem like people always talk like that and it is funny, not insulting. Young adults will pick up on this and mimic the characters that made them laugh in order to make others laugh. Finally, in the case of adult audience members, I don’t think they appreciate the fact that the culture they once grew up in, one of innocence, modesty, and simplicity has become taken over by a culture where cursing and sex is habitual and their children have to grow up around controversial pressures that are publicized in the form of entertainment. Family sitcoms promote the equality of the term “family” and are fair by including the diversity aspect on television. So maybe it is time to accept that different is okay, even if it is depicted through entertainment. The explicitness of language and personal intimacy should revert back to being more modest and censored, but in reality our culture has accepted this also. Our society cannot live without media. Media was created for the betterment and convenience of the public and has evolved into a cultural symbol. Family sitcoms are just one of many outlets that takes our world and puts it in front of our faces so that we can recognize the way we live today. It does not fabricate, it represents real life activities, real life sins, real life issues. If we cannot accept what we have become, we should not watch. It is understandable that adults disapprove family sitcoms’ content because they were raised into a simpler culture. However, times have changed. Children today are being 8
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raised into this culture – one of uncensored, harsh reality. Although this is not something to brag about, it is something media has created for us. Will we continue to watch? Yes. 9
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