Do you let your child/children watch SPONGEBOB ?

Cassie - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 341 moms have responded )

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My daughter is all about spongebob and i HATE spongebob !! I was in the living room with her the other day watching it and i notice some of the things they say "stupid" "idiot" "moron" and "dumb" when i heard them say that i turned it off. My daughter threw the biggest fit I told her that mommy wasnt gonna let her watch this filth the words that comes out of there mouths are bad!! I dont normally let her watch spongebob because i dont approve of it for her age group. She usually watches mickey mouse club house agent oso imagination movers dora and bob the builder. I just found out that my sister lets my daughter watch spongebob and thats how she became a spongebob freak.. anyways....My daughter has picked up the word Stupid and idiot (my daughter will be 2 on the 30th of this month) I was upset when she called me stupid and told me that i was an idiot. i told her that she cant be saying thos words because its bad ! So i made her stop watching it. come to find out my boyfriend would let her watch it when i wasnt home and when i found out i was upset about it. now my daughter calls people stupid and idiots and she gets in trouble for it. She has learned thos words from the show spongebob. I understand that she will eventually learn thos words when she gets older but at the age of almost 2 she is calling people stupid and idiots ? I know for a fact she didnt learn thos words from me my boyfriend or from my family because we dont use words like that infront of the children. One of my friends told me that i was over reacting and that i should let her watch spongebob i told her NO because i will NOT have my child learing thos nasty words. I dont talk like that in front of her and ill be damned if a cartoon is gonna teach my child how to call someone stupid or an idiot.. Do you let your child/children watch spongebob ? Has your child/children picked up these kind of words from watching this show ?

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Michelle - posted on 11/14/2011

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We do watch Spongebob, but as you I dont agree with the cartoon. We have ventured off to Mickey Mouse now, and I totally approve. I just tell my 2 year old that Spongebob is sleeping, and a week of it, she was done.

Teresa - posted on 11/12/2011

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We are a Spongebob family. 7 year old has wathced it for the past several years and we have not noticed any ill effects from it. He also watches VeggieTales and still likes Disney and even noggin late at night. He doesn't alot of time with tv because we are very busy, cubscouts and church and stuff. We also live on a farm and he spends alot of time outdoors. I like watching it when themood hits me and it's on but like I said we don't get alot of tv time. I guess I don't pay enough attention but I don't recall the words "idiot" or "stupid" but we've taught out son that name-calling is not nice.

Maria - posted on 11/12/2011

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i have four babies of my own... if she is under five then maybe it isnt suitable for her age... but you as a parent need to let her know what is ok to say and what is not. and we cant always keep our kids away from all harm or n a bubble. u dont that then all heCK break loose and when that happens they get a little taste of freedom and will abuse everything that comes in that range... good luck to you.

Jenn - posted on 11/11/2011

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I personally think Spongebob is hilarious lol, but my kids ages five and two have no interest in it whatsoever. When they watch cartoons though they are not really paying too much attention to the storyline and what is being said, more to the songs and funny parts and faced pace, lots of colors etc. My kids are all about Treehouse channel at the moment. If i try to put on spongebob they whine for me to change it lol. I do watch it myself from time to time if nothing else is on though. It definitely has a lot of content that is way over kids heads but is funny for an adult, but honestly so do a lot of kids movies etc, such as toy story, etc. But my kids wouldn't pick up on those jokes in the slightest. Meh, I have better things to worry about than Spongebob.

Jenn - posted on 11/11/2011

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I personally think Spongebob is hilarious lol, but my kids ages five and two have no interest in it whatsoever. When they watch cartoons though they are not really paying too much attention to the storyline and what is being said, more to the songs and funny parts and faced pace, lots of colors etc. My kids are all about Treehouse channel at the moment. If i try to put on spongebob they whine for me to change it lol. I do watch it myself from time to time if nothing else is on though. It definitely has a lot of content that is way over kids heads but is funny for an adult, but honestly so do a lot of kids movies etc, such as toy story, etc. But my kids wouldn't pick up on those jokes in the slightest. Meh, I have better things to worry about than Spongebob.

Hope - posted on 11/10/2011

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Wow. Some parents in here need to seriously grow up. It's a CARTOON!!! According to everyone's logic in here that's against spongebob, bugs bunny chewing while talking would make Looney toons inappropriate. How about you just skip TV altogether if you're going to be so critical of whats on it.....You can't hide the world from your children you know! I'm almost 100% positive every single one of you saw something inappropriate as children. You seem to be doing just fine.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2011

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My daughter doesnt watch spongebob. actually I saw on the news that studies show that children who watch that show in particular arent learning as much as children who watch other shows (none in particular were mentioned) thats not why i dont let her watch it i just dont like the show. she would rather watch mickey mouse clubhouse or other shows on disney junior.

Ashlee - posted on 11/09/2011

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I hate spongebob! I refuse to let my 2 year old watch it. I just think the show has NO redeeming qualities whatsoever. It's spongebob and Patrick, running around like 2 morons, the rude squidward, and the greedy mr. crabs. They don't teach anything beneficial, i.e manners, counting, abc's, etc. A lot of the kids shows are pretty whacky (yo gabba gabba) but my daughter has learned a lot of good from that show. I'm sorry, thank you, trying new things like vegetables, not biting friends, and plenty of others. I feel there are much more beneficial cartoons on tv, so why allow her to watch that mindless junk?!

Becky - posted on 11/08/2011

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I think there are WORSE shows out there like Grossology. My oldest girl is now known as Fart girl at her school. Wish we had 1970s cartoons or even 1960s ( well some 1960s cartoons). If you don't like it then complain to the networks and people who air these shows. Is all I can say.

Ashley - posted on 11/08/2011

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My kids are almost 5 and 2 1/2 years old. They love spongebob. I really have not had an issue of my kids using "bad" words from this show. I have found out how ever as long as you do no react to it and you act ass if they are not saying the bad words usually it will go away. I have found that out by when my daughter had decided to pick up the word SH*T and BS. My husband and I do not use that around my children and she picked it up and started to say it and I acted as if she didn't even say it. It really seemed to make it go away. I only told her that it was a bad word and not to use it. Good luck with your daughter.

Eschelle - posted on 11/08/2011

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I am just going to say this lol, i was watching baby tv today and a cartoon sheep ate a psychedelic mushroom (red with white spots) and continued on, with what looked like, a bizarre acid trip before entering a dr. suess looking house filled with silk worms... lets just say that even this "safe" programming is messed up.

Kara - posted on 11/08/2011

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I feel the same way about Spongebob. We don't have a tv because I personally want to know what my boys are seeing and will probably be copying. My parents have a tv without cable and my aunt has a Nintendo DS that has little video clips. My mom watches my boys and sometimes needs them to watch something since she does dialysis. My rules in terms of what they watch is that it should be constructive in some way. The things I like best for them that they also like are: Preschool Prep Co videos(letters, colors, shapes, etc.), Veggie Tales, and the website jellytelly.com!

Tia - posted on 11/07/2011

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i hate spongebob as well... when i'm home, my son doesn't watch it.. when i'm at work or class, my mother turns on the tv. how do i know? he and i went into a toy store, he saw spongebob and IMMEDIATELY knew who he was -__- i came home livid.

Jessie - posted on 11/07/2011

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While I agree with Hope that you can't shield your child from everything, and you need to parent, rather than assuming the tv will do that for you, I have to say that I think parents should sit down and evaluate every show they let their kids watch regularly. There is no reason to choose Sponge bob over an educational show (of which, as other mothers have stated, there are plenty). ESPECIALLY for one who is so young. One of the ways we do this in our house is we had the cable removed. Now we watch everything through our x-box either by Netflix or Hulu. This way we have to personally select a show to turn on before our daughter can watch it, rather than just turning on a tv station. It works out well, and I really feel like I am able to monitor her television usage! I am sure allowing your child to watch Sponge bob will not affect them in the long term. and if you enjoy the show then that is something you can watch together (my daughter and I watch the Colbert Report together almost everyday. It is really not age appropriate, but she loves having a show to watch with mommy!), I just think as a regular show to watch, there are such better options.....Go Public Broadcasting!!!!

Leanna - posted on 11/06/2011

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Hope, you hit the nail right on the head! It isn't so much as what our kids are watching as much as it is what are we teaching them. Great message, thanx!!

Barb - posted on 11/06/2011

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I did until my daughter started repeating the name calling and the hitting that goes on. It's rated TV-Y7 for a reason. Because 7-year olds know that friends don't name-call and hit. And the little ones are typically too young to understand that; they are still learning how to interact with others in a play situation.

Sally - posted on 11/05/2011

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My daughter is 2 and she has been watching spongebob since she turned 1. My husband and I both watched it before she was born and we watch it with her 'often'. I'm watching it with her right now.
"Stupid" and "Idiot" are 'common' words. It's all about how you handle yourself and the show. Since I watch it with her, we sing the songs together and laugh about the silly stuff together and it's fun. My daughter is awesome. She's sweet and nice and doesn't call me stupid or anything. The one thing she does is "pffft" sometimes when I ask her to do stuff lately. But I find making a big deal out of it doesn't help the cause!!!
My daughter also loves Dora and Blues Clues and other shows. I try to keep what she watches diverse and to make sure she's not getting too much TV.

Spongebob has good lessons in it and if you watch it and talk to your kid about the good parts, that's what they'll take from it.

ErikA - posted on 11/05/2011

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No I don't. I don't the point of the show and I don't want my 2 and 4 year old to watch cartoons that have no purpose. There are enough shows out there that will at lest get them to learn SOMETHING like a shape or color. Some how they know who he is and ask to watch him. I think Dad has put it on when I'm out of the house but he wont admit it. I just feel like the show is for older kids and it is also mindless.

Jamana - posted on 11/04/2011

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I never allow my son to watch sopng bob i always search for educational and good musical programmer that he is love to watch

Hope - posted on 11/03/2011

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Yes I do, and there's nothing wrong with it. I'm sure if you sat down and individually rated all your child's cartoons he/she watches, you would think the majority are not age appropriate. It's easy to find things wrong. What's right is telling your child it's not okay to say those words and MOVE ON! Just because your child is exposed to it, doesn't mean the child has to adopt the behavior permanently. You might have a tough time with school, all those bad kids influencing yours to say and do bad things.....I don't know maybe parents like you need to lighten up and let their kid explore the world a little, see the bad too? The world isn't all faries and princess flowers ya know? I don't mean to offend you, but seriously hon- it's okay that your child does something bad. What's not okay is that you don't correct the behavior- WHICH it seems like you did, and that's all you can do as a parent. Not everything is within your control!!

Hope - posted on 11/03/2011

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Your daughter is simply just copying what she hears- people act out what they see on TV all the time as adults! I don't get all the hatred towards Spongebob, to me it's a harmless cartoon. Maybe she's watching too much of it?

Ariel - posted on 11/03/2011

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I like the Disney channel because until 2pm (Eastern) the shows are meant for the kids not old enough to be in school yet. & They have the DisneyJR. Which has shows like Little Einstines - that my son is obsessed over, as well as Mickey Mouse Club House & Jake & the Neverland Pirates, & so on. But my child as well as others picks up on things. & His biggest thing right now is hitting, biting, kicking, headbutting. Things he does not see on any of those shows. So it is a confusing battle.

Terri - posted on 11/02/2011

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I have a 21 month old & all I can say is not a chance. No way, no how. He'll learn that behavior & language in time I do not need to speed it up or encourage it but allowing that to be on t.v. He get to watch sprout, sometimes nick jr & disney jr cartoons or pbs cartoons.

Eschelle - posted on 11/01/2011

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i grew up watching worse things... such as the simpsons... which i later ended up studying in AP English to be perfectly honest. Sheltering kids isn't a good thing, and neither is exposing them to too much. Every family is going to have different guidelines and ways of doing it... don't think this needs to be a witch hunt here lol.

Shauntell - posted on 11/01/2011

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NO! I hate that show! It's ignorant and rude! My 2 year old daughter picks up the words, and was calling her dad stupid the other day. It is not allowed in my house anymore!

Tiffany - posted on 11/01/2011

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thank you thank you thank you!!!! I despise sponge bob, I LOATHE sponge bob... that show is NOT welcome in my house, now will i allow my children to be in a room if it is on. my husband doesnt understand why i get so upset over that show. but just the other day he turned off charlie brown for the same reason (believe it or not a lot of name calling is in charlie brown as well: your stupid charlie brown, your worthless.... not an image i want my daughter to get...) its very sad what kids shows have in them. my daughter watches a lot of strawberry shortcake and she has actually picked up some bad habits from that show as well. I really wish they would get some decent kids shows that do not use demeaning words. currently in my house we allow: Care Bares, Elmo, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Land Before Time and a few other older cartoons...

Leanna - posted on 11/01/2011

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I, myself, do let my childfren watch. We will watch toghether, and Dora, and Diego, and FBB, and etc. But, when such situations arise, they as if it may be inappropriate and I explain why. So, yes, I let my children watch, and I also decide what my children will absorb and learn vs just settin them infront of the "nanny" :)

Elizabeth - posted on 11/01/2011

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My children watch spongebob. Mine are different age ranges, 11- almost 2. There are a lot of episodes that has no such words used in it. However my daughter who is 4 she loves Dora, Bubble Guppies, Yo Gabba Gabba, and other such shoes She has learned a lot from these shows, She is a very smart girl and I do not let her watch a lot of tv, but from what she has watched she has learned a lot. She knows big words that most 4 year olds dont. So I do give credit to some of these shows. I do nt think the tv should be a babysitter, but it can be a helpful learning tool.

Eschelle - posted on 11/01/2011

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more controlled and still super entertaining for them right? Works great! I love those sorts of options for kids they are really amazing, I wish I got to play with the things they have these days when i was little!

Sabrina - posted on 11/01/2011

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That's the bad thing about her she copies everything even if it isn't a good thing. I've been limiting her tv use and letting her play her v tech v motion more at least it will stimulate her brain more and I don't have to worry about what's on there.

Eschelle - posted on 11/01/2011

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that's horrible I am so happy my son isn't so easily influenced and doesn't act out physically.

Sabrina - posted on 11/01/2011

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No, my oldest daughter became violent towards her little sister whenever she was watching it. It would come on right after nick jr and there were a few times I didn't catch it in time. Now I only turn on Nick Jr the actual channel so I don't have this problem anymore. She would cause physical harm to my 2 year old just because it's what they were doing on the tv.

Eschelle - posted on 10/31/2011

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I watch spongebob with them... i think it is hilarious... again i think it is a generation thing.

Nicolerenee2009 - posted on 10/31/2011

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i no that spongebo isnt good for kids but mmy 2 year old wont even watch tv unless it has music but u should never let ur child wath something unless u have watched it first

Eschelle - posted on 10/28/2011

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i let my kids watch spongebob, nothing wrong with it. What you need to do is not shelter them from words, but to teach them how to use them properly. I guess i'm just a different generation.

Casey - posted on 10/27/2011

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I let my daughter watch spongbob n we watch it together but she also watches elmo mickey mouse n other shows that teach her good words ishe is almost 2 n doesnt use the bad words on the show

Charla - posted on 10/27/2011

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I won't ever let my daughter watch Spongebob. A study shows that watching it decreases attention span. Our family already shows a pattern of ADD and ADHD, so I'm not adding in something else to increase the chance. :) I've never been able to stand the show, anyway.

Karyn - posted on 10/27/2011

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I do not let my 2 year old watch Sponge Bob however, her father does. We dont live together. i think he is very fresh and i have enough problems getting my daughter to listen without her picking up anybody elses bad habits lol. I've told him not to let her watch him, there are so many other nice, educating shows he can put on for her!!

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2011

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My boys (2) (4) love it they are going to say things, lots of parents blame TV stop and think how often you use those words, most things my kids repeat would love to blame on TV but I know came out of my mouth lol

Jaylin - posted on 10/27/2011

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NOPE!! i hope to never have my child watch that! the owrds are horrible and there is really no good messages! if we are going to spend time watching tv id rather it be something educational and with positive messages. however if you choose to watch good job at correcting and pointing out bad words

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2011

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Nope, my brother tries to let her watch it with him ( hes 15 -_- ) but i think its completly stupid.

Kim - posted on 10/27/2011

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Hate Sponge Bob. For all the reasons other people mentioned they don't like it either. Promotes idiocy (good description Holly), it's chaotic and there is ZERO learning value. Characters treat each other badly and are rude to each other. If you've ever watched it, the characters on the show don't like Sponge Bob either! LOL His boss treats him like crap, his neighbor and co-worker Squidword(?) can't stand him and SB practically stalks him. The blowfish lady who teaches drivers ed can't stand him either. It's just a bad show all around.

Holly - posted on 10/26/2011

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My daughters going to be 2 in January. Spongebob is BANNED from our house. In my opinion, it promotes idiocy as being ok. My daughter is already advanced for her age and I don't allow her to watch anything that will hinder her learning. I would recommend Sprout TV as an alternative. It offers all the bright colors and sillyness while promoting education. Our TV stays on Sprout. Hope it helps :-)

Wendy - posted on 10/25/2011

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I think 2 is too young for spongebob, I stick to nick jr. channel: Dora,Diego,Wonder pets etc. at least they aim to be a little educational, Spongebob makes my kids get hyper, so I only let my 8 year old watch it, because she is old enough to know not to say or do the things spongebob and his friends do.

Melissa - posted on 10/25/2011

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my kids do but they don't say anyword they hear it is not mean for kids that is adlt show

Krystal - posted on 10/25/2011

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My son watches all the shows on nick jr. he likes sponge bob but I don't put it on at my house because I don't like it. My little brother lets him watch it when he is at my moms house, but he's learned worse words from the adults around him so I don't mind at all. I don't swear so it frustrates me but no one likes to listen to what I have to say about it. :|

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