Do you let your child/children watch SPONGEBOB ?

Cassie - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 340 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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Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2011

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OMG YESSS my daughter been telling me to shut up! and alotttt!! my mother told me theres a study out there ( don't take me up accountable I only heard this from my mother) that spongebob is highly recommended not to be shown to children since it makes kids "stupid" so ive been letting my daughter watch it less and less.. she only watches spongebob every once in awhile and thats only when she's with her grandfather ( Grandpa's girl) lol ... other then that she only watches other shows like max and ruby, yo gabba gabba, Calliou, toupee and binoo lol.

Maigan - posted on 09/30/2011

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I think sponge bob is AWFUL! A show for kids where they live in "bikini bottoms?" Yeah, I don't think so. Then again, we don't watch much tv period. I want my children to use their imaginations and play and read books and go outside. About the only thing my children watch are the classic like, Anne of Green Gables, all the Shirley Temple movies, Little House on the Prairie, The Walton's, and a handful of other movies. They also are, little by little, getting the dvd's of Veggie Tales. We are very picky about what we put in front of our children's eyes. My youngest is 6 months and my oldest will be 2 in 2 weeks.

Melissa - posted on 09/28/2011

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my 2 yr old also watches and sings along to spongebob, she hasnt yet picked anything up but when she does we will be talking about it. you can't hide from the fact they WILL pick words up as that is the learning process. so communication is key,

Peita - posted on 09/26/2011

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Spongebob is more adult orientated I think. I put it in the same category as The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill etc. they are all cartoons but have language and jokes in them that aren't appropriate for young children.. I have a 7yo, 5 yo and nearly 2yo and I don't let them watch those sorts of cartoons!! My kids really love Scooby Doo at the moment, so we will go with that for now!!

Alysha - posted on 09/26/2011

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i hate spongebob..used to be a fan but havent been for yrs...my son is in love with spongebob i never let him watched it until his cousin would b over nxt door (my mil) n they would watch it..he hasnt picked up on any words so far...besides when its on all i hears is BOB-BOB

Elham - posted on 09/25/2011

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well that is a surprise to me!! we watch the translated version of spongebob to Arabic, which avoids these drawbacks. my daughter adores it.

Amber - posted on 09/25/2011

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Absolutely not! My children are 2 and almost 4. I have never, and will never let my children watch that show! I can't stand the language and the behavior of the characters...I think that show and others like it make people stupid (not necessarily how I really feel, but it definitely doesn't make them smarter!). I limit my kids entertainment to some sports (we love football in my house), and some Disney, and/or PBS. That's it...I don't like most of what is on TV and I think the world is the place to learn not the TV. I have friends that let their kids watch whatever is on...even "adult" shows, and although I disagree with it, to each their own!

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2011

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No, I do not allow my kids to watch Spongebob... I have absolutely forbid it to be seen in this house. When my daughter stays with my mom and my stepbrothers son is at the house as well, he watches and my daughter watches at that point, I can only have so much control over it. My daughter knows I don't like it and she is aware that it is forbidden, my mom tries hard to control the tv a little but there is only so much she can do as again it is my step brothers son. But I don't allow anything spongebob in this house. I believe the only thing I have in the house that remotely has any direct connection is yogurt other then that, whatever that thing is can just stay off of my television and out of my kids lives.

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2011

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i dont always like spongebob nothing about that show makes sence. My kids r 3 n 4 they love it. They know what a jelly fish is , n love fish whales crabs because of it it some what good in that case. It does have alot of making fun n name calling luckly my kids havent caught on it that yet . As a parent it my job to tell em that being mean is not ok n spongebob hasnt brought it to they vocabulary.

Brittany - posted on 09/23/2011

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if its an adult cartoon why is it on nickelodeon and on at 8am? its just ridiculous, maybe its not a "preschool" cartoon but its fine by me, maybe im just not uptight?

Felina - posted on 09/23/2011

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No, I do not let my children watch Sponge Bob, I find it inappropriate as well

Heather - posted on 09/23/2011

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My son will be 2 in January and until recently I let him watch Spongebob. He loves it, especially the intro. But, my sister read an article talking about how it is for older children... so it's not good for younger kids like mine. I guess that it flips from one thing to the other so fast, it can cause problems. I stopped letting him watch it, even though I feel really bad because he really does love it. Sometimes you have to do what's best in the end, even though it is hard!

Ricki - posted on 09/22/2011

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Sorry but I find it highly ironic that the majority of you are disgusted by Spongebob and refuse to let your small children watch it. Guess what? Spongebob is not made for babies or toddlers it is made for an much older demographic. A demographic that easily understands it's a cartoon and not to be confused with real life. If you have watched it you know it is completely unrealistic and meant to just be a weird and wacky bit of entertainment. How many times have you been able to light a fire on the ocean floor? How many squirrels do you see that live in the ocean? I mean seriously it is no way shape or form meant for small children or to be educational it is a purely entertaining show designed to entertain pre-teens and teens!
If you don't want your toddler to watch it then don't let them and don't let others let them watch it. You are the parent and thus it is up to you what you find appropriate or inappropriate for your children. There are many many many educational and entertaining shows designed for small children and babies.

As to the totally unreliable "study" regarding Spongebob and 4 yr olds *pfffft* not worth the paper it was printed on. You can not conduct a study without getting a basline as you need the before and after to be able to prove your point.

Personally I quite enjoy watching Spongebob although having to watch it repeatedly does get on my nerves. As do all the shows my children watch that they watch over and over again.
i have four children 10,8,3 and 1years old. My 3 year old adored Spongebob for a while and for his 2nd birthday received everything Spongebob, toys, clothes and DVD's. I have no problem with him or my older children watching it. The bad words you object to, I don't find offensive they have heard worse. I think the difference is that I would prefer my child to learn the good and the bad things with my supervision so that I can steer them in the right direction and teach them to think for themselves and to know what is appropriate and inappropriate. Appropriateness is a big thing in my house and so is self regulation.
None of my children have been influenced in a negative way by watching spongebob. In fact spongebob taught my three year old about caring for your pets (the episode Gary runs away because spongebob is too busy playing to feed him, it really upset him and he makes sure that our pets are fed and played with each day).
If I don't like something they see in any tv show or in real life then I take that opportunity to talk to them about it and explain why I don't like it or why it is wrong or mean etc.

Kerri - posted on 09/22/2011

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My daughter is two and a half, and I agree with you. It is worthless filler. I do not let her watch it. Every now and then I catch someone letting her watch it, like her grandparents but I stop it. I don't like the show either. If I let my daughter watch something on tv, I make sure it is at least educational. She loves MM Clubhouse. Idk what to say about your daughter having already picked up those words but it you put too much emphasis on it, she will say things like that just to spite out. It's the age. I actually saw there are a few studies out there showing that Sponge Bob isn't a good cartoon to let kids watch. I think it is intended for older age groups. Like the first commenter, I would think 16 is an okay age to watch it and know better. It is NOT for a toddler, that is for sure!! Stand your ground :)

Felicia - posted on 09/22/2011

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A FIRM NO! We have had people ask us why and after explaining for the same reasons, they seem to understand.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2011

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My two year old is stuck on Spongebob. I believe he got it from his 7 year old brother. I just notice the language when I heard my older son say, "what the" I asked him where he hear that and he said Spongebob. Now I am stuck trying to get my my toddler to stop watching.

Sue - posted on 09/22/2011

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I have turned it on once and luckily she doesn't like it! She didn't watch it at all! She likes Dora and Bubble Guppies so I let her watch those shows. They are much better than Spongebob!

Nicole - posted on 09/21/2011

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WE never allowed Spongebob in our house simply because there is no educational point to it, and I think its a little advanced for children under 5. I was ELATED to see the study regarding Spongebob and children under 4, gave a little research to my opinion.

Dawn - posted on 09/20/2011

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It's about teaching your kids not to say those things. My children watch spongebob and they do not speak like that and never would because they know the consequences.

Kacie - posted on 09/20/2011

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spongebob never has and never will be allowed in our house! My son knows its bad. to a point where he's looked at a kid in a store with a SB shirt on and said "SB is bad" (he's 6 btw)



yes, kids will hear those words in other places and from other people, but when they're in 'cartoons', they think its OK because we as parents are OK with them watching things. see the difference!?

Tasha - posted on 09/19/2011

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spongebob is the devil!! i would rather watch Dora on repeat for the next 2 years then watch that yellow devil...she watches it at her dads but not at my house...

Dawn - posted on 09/19/2011

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I don't like spongebob either, however my children do. Stupid, moron idiot, those are words kids are going to learn from everywhere.... I don't approve of my kids talking like that but it's not just coming from spongebob. I just leave the room if spongebob is on. It's a personal choice if you let your children watch it or not, just realize they are going to pick it up from other places as well.

Claudia - posted on 09/18/2011

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No, it is violent, have bad language. I only allow my two toddlers watch NickJr. Not Nickaloneon.. NickJr does not have comercials, and the cartoons are made for toddlers. My 2 year old son and my 4 yeard old son lves it. They are alooed to watch 30 min in the morning and 30 min in the eveaning. in between they play, or can watch their meet the letters or meet the sight words DVDs.

Nicole - posted on 09/18/2011

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At first I would let her watch it but as you just stated, I think it is completely inappropriate and minimized her watching it and I feel one of the networks play it entirely too much. I love Micky Mouse Club House and Dora because it builds on a child's learning. I also have my daughter watch Sesame Street because it is more age appropriate and I plan to buy her more DVDs that promote learning. I feel many of the cartoons that are shown on TV promote too much violence and a lot of inappropriate behavior.

Amy - posted on 09/16/2011

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NO, I don't like the language that they use on there. It is an adult or teen show I think.

Momof1 - posted on 09/16/2011

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I do not, however I don't have cable. I never liked Sponge Bob, but I cannot say if I would or would not let my son since I don't have cable. He is 22 months and doesn't watch TV anyway. He will only watch one specific Baby Einstein and that is it. I am happy that he doesn't watch TV. We do get like 5 channels and some show cartoons in the morning and he is not interested. He won't watch any other Baby Einstein or any other video I get from the library. Now sometimes I do feel like he will be the only kid who does not know who Winnie the Pooh or Mickey Mouse is. Like some kids his age will be able to pick out their Halloween costumes because of something that they watch. My son won't be able to pick out something, since he does not know characters. Sorry I know that was off base and probably slightly stupid to say.

Cassandra - posted on 09/15/2011

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Nope! My nephew was crazy about it and started a phase where he thought it was funny to show everyone his behind, and my grandma realized it was from him watching sponge bob, so none of that or our family!

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Definitely no Spongebob in our house. We make do with Sesame Street, Barney, The Cat in the Hat and Super Why. My daughter loves these and they're all educational.

Sakeena - posted on 09/15/2011

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MY CHILD WATCHES SPONGEBOB AND LOVES IT! AS A MATTER OF FACT, SO DO I. A 2 Y/O ISN'T LEARNING ANYTHING BAD FROM SPONGEBOB AT ALL. THEY AREN'T SAYING ANYTHING THAT YOUR KID HASN'T HEARD ALREADY OR WON'T HEAR BY YOU OR OTHER ADULTS. IF IT'S THAT BIG OF A DEAL, THEN DON'T LET YOUR KID WATCH ANY TV AND INSTEAD YOU FILL UP THAT TIME!

Ashley - posted on 09/15/2011

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My kids watch Spongebob my two soon to be three year old loves it...but neither of them have picked up any bad habits from it. I actually enjoy it and will watch it with them, but i guess its your own opinion and what you like and think is best for your children.

Merry - posted on 09/14/2011

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I think the older my kid is before he hears such negative words the better. He won't be used to hearing them in everyday life so, no spongebob or any other adult tv show with bad content.

Sheena - posted on 09/14/2011

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I do let my child watch spongebob, he also loves Toy Story. But thats my child and my choice, if u do not want your child to watch it then you don't have to. But my opinion is that you need to think about something, do you think that if your child doesn't watch it that they will never hear those words? You or no one in your family never uses the word stupid or dumb? Children are smart and pick up on everything! They will repeat everything, its not going to make them a bad kid, talk to your children and tell them what is good and what is bad. I think as long as parents talk to thier children it will be ok.

Abimbola - posted on 09/14/2011

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i totally agree that kids should not be allowed to watch any program that has inappropriate language, my baby is 21 months and she loves the spongebob song!...strangely the song makes her laff so i made it our teeth brushing song....i dont let her watch it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2011

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I have 2 boys, my oldest just turned 3 last month and my youngest will be 2 in December and I do not allow spongebob in my house what so ever. I only allow my children to watch disney channel pbs and spouts. I don't believe they are old enough for that type of show

Nicole - posted on 09/13/2011

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my daughter is 2 yrs and i have never had that problem and shes loves spongebob she can watch it all day long if i would let her but i dont plus ur child was gonna learn those words later on anyways so i dont kno wut the big deal is bout plus kids will b kids

Paula - posted on 09/13/2011

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they just let out a study that shows that children that are allowed to watch SpongeBob that their learning abilities are impaired after watching 9 mins of the show - the study wasnt a every good one but it kinda makes you rethink teh shows that you let your children watch

My daughter like SB too but I I can not stand him so i dont allow her to watch it- i try in get her to watch something on Disney Jr instead which most days goes over well but not always!!

Carmine - posted on 09/12/2011

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I refuse to let my daughter watch that garbage. She only watches whatever we have on the media player for her (we don't have cable). Its Dora, Diego, Backyardigans, Micky Mouse Clubhouse, Elmo's World, Sesame Street, The Penguins of Madagscar, Blues Clues or Strawberry Shortcake. I don't let her watch brainless stupid cartoons like spongebob, max & ruby or toopi & bino (reminds me of a milder version of ren & stimpy). Plus my daughter is scared of spongbob (she's 2.5)

Amie - posted on 09/12/2011

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I hate spongebob there is nothing good about it. My children will never watch it.

Stacey - posted on 09/11/2011

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It seems appropriate to limit her exposure if you so strongly disagree with the content but try to use it and look at it like an opportunity to teach her right from wrong. Explain to her why its wrong to use those words. She'll hear them at some point in her life and its a good thing you are there to prepare her for the next time she hears them when you might not be around to censor what she hears.

Heather - posted on 09/11/2011

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All of my children (10,5,4,2) watch/watched Spongebob, and none of them every picked up on the "bad" words. If they heard it they would giggle and say "spongebob said a bad word" and that would be it. They understand those words are not allowed to be said and thats it. It can be alittle annoying at times but we just don't make a big deal about it. I actually can't stand calliou, teaching them that all you need to do is whine and you will get your own way. I would rather them on occasion watch mindless tv, then something like that. TV is a reward so sometimes its should just be fun. My own opinion.

Celia - posted on 09/10/2011

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the tv is only on for the occasional show (maybe 30 minutes every 2 days) and then its only "the Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that" or "Dinosaur Train".
I am a Sponge Bob fan... the "I'm ready" as he runs to work, the "Imagination" rainbow... etc... but my kid I think is too young for the relational aggression. I dont care about "naughty words" but at a time when he is learning about relationships between different people I dont need the subliminal angst, anger, frustration, he could be witnessing between the characters.
Too much tv is crap anyway, even educational stuff so I use it in a pinch when I need 30 minutes to get something done and my partner is not around.

Chyree - posted on 09/10/2011

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My daughter just turned two and she loves spongebob I allow her to watch it and, no she has not picked up on those words mt son who is nine has also watched it since he was little and he, never picked up on them either

Beth - posted on 09/10/2011

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No, my boys dont. I dont Find the cartoon at all amusing or at all entertaining/Educational for the children network. Its hillarous but very imature, but not something that is watched often, make the story short nothing under maybe 12 years.

Lady - posted on 09/09/2011

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WOW, my child watch practically anything on tv & his room is decorated in SPONGE BOB. I thank GOD he haven't picked up any of those words yet & pray he don't but kids will be kids. With that being said even if they don't learn it at home they pick it up from somewhere cos no 2 house holds are the same. When u hear her say thaose words try correcting her letting her know it's not good to use those words. GL whatever u decide!

Brittney - posted on 09/09/2011

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MY DAUGHTER WILL BE 2 ON THE 25TH OF SEPT. I DONT THINK U ARE OVERREACTING I DONT LET MY HER WATCH IT, IT IS A TEENAGER SHOW AND THEY CUSS ON IT AND COVER IT UP WITH DOLPHIN SOUNDS.

Kristen - posted on 09/09/2011

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honestly I love spongebob! My kids have been watching it for a few years now and not once did they use those words. Then again they are older than your child.

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