Do you let your child/children watch SPONGEBOB ?

Cassie - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 342 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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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.

Merry - posted on 09/09/2011

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Nick Jr is so great! No complaints at all :) except dora sometimes scares Eric but honestly it's pretty tame, sprout is safe too but Eric finds alot of it's shows boring.

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2011

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I let my daughter watch a few episodes, and after she came in saying the word, "hate" before and after everything she said. It was banned. And that was almost a year ago. It is honestly more of a young teen show. After coming to the realization that a lot of shows are like this, she is only able to watch educational shows. She loves them and doesn't complain, yet.

Brittany - posted on 09/08/2011

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I have recently stopped my daughter from watching anything but nick jr. I have heard my daughter say "hate" "stupid" and a bunch of other words that I know we don't say around her so I was wondering where she was getting it from and it was from spongebob imagine that. I was pretty surprised with some of the things that they say on there.

Candace - posted on 09/08/2011

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I watched a couple of episodes :( and I have not found anything educational or interesting or even funny for that matter, their is Dora the Explorer, Baby Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Sesame Street that is educational is funny you and your child will enjoy them together and my daughter just turned 2 on the 1st and I am a firm believer that she is learning positive educational and very informative information and some Spanish also. I'd try those and leave Sponge Bob where he's at in the water. Really, a sponge that lives under water and doesn't absorb anything but crabby patties yeah!!! Have a good one.

Melissa - posted on 09/08/2011

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my DD is 24, my 2nd son is 19, and my son at home now is 9 the shows were ren and stimpy before spongebob, and NO I do not allow my children to watch inane senseless garbage. garbage in, garbage out , if they watch tv it needs to be educational. science channel , national geographic, etc etc. my 9yo TRIES to watch Zack and cody on disney but I always just change it to something I think is appropriate, I watch a 7yo girl who watches cartoons all the time, I really have to stay on top of her and the tv controller. no I do not think a TV should be in charge of your childs vocabulary. if you let it be, you will get the vocabulary from them that they admire most, right now.. my 9yo admires "jeremy wade, avid angler and sportsfisherman" *cue brittish accent* on a show called "river monsters" he has fun , and learns also , find other things to capture her, they dont all have to be cartoons to interest a child.

Davaline - posted on 09/07/2011

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just because it's a cartoon doesnt make it appropriate for every age of kid or maturity.

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Spongebob is VERY inappropriate!!!! I already told my husband our son will NOT be watching it. They say things that are really inappropriate and can be taken way out of context if you really pay attention to what they say.

Traci - posted on 09/07/2011

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Not yet. We are still into Blues Clues, Sesame Street, Dora, Diego and the such. I don't hate Mr. Bob but I don't like him either. I feel he's for older kids.

Cheryl - posted on 09/07/2011

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I don't let my kids watch it and my oldest knows it so when it comes on he comes to me and tells me so I can change it

Steph - posted on 09/07/2011

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My son is 5 and he likes spongebob, but I dont let him watch it. I have also heard the language that is said on the show and dont think its appropriate for his age. Some of the episodes are kinda scary and my son has actually asked me to turn the show off, so i just eliminated it all together. He doesnt seem upset by it!

Davaline - posted on 09/07/2011

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My son is 7 years old and my daughter is 2 years old. I know my son likes sponge bob but in this house its a BIG NO.
I found that show to be very annoying and rude.
My and my husband are on the same page when it comes to tv shows appropriate for children. and we go by my sons maturity not his age.
if your boyfriend or other person who watches your daughter lets her watch I think you guys should have a talk especially seeing how it's caused some problems.
You're the parent here and they are the adults need to to follow your guidelines/ rules for your daughter or else you should find alternative care. Someone who respects your descions. they dont have to agree with them, just follow through with your rules is all. After all your the momy and you spend the most amount of time with her and know what she's like.

Bernadette - posted on 09/06/2011

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nope. I don't know why people keep thinking that because something is a cartoon, that makes it a kids show? It is definitely not for kids. It has no education or moral values in it, the language and the way they treat people is inappropriate, the jokes are WAY too old for kids. And yet it is pegged as a kids show. We are in Australia, and the only shows my kids watch are all on the ABC kids channel, which is all aimed at preschoolers. Bob the builder, wiggles, postman pat, sesame st, play school, etc

Summer - posted on 09/06/2011

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NOPE its not allowed in my house, and when i go nanny its not allowed in that house either !

Sarah - posted on 09/06/2011

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Songebob is absolutely not appropriate for kids. I have no idea why nickelodeon has it on during the day. It's awful and I can't believe that parents let their children watch it. I'm totally not against tv and I let my 2 year old watch shows, but that one is absoultely off limits. I'm flabbergasted at the popularity of this show period, but especially that so many young children watch and like it. You are NOT over reacting...there are plenty of perfectly acceptable and even great kids shows. Spongebob shouldn't exist.

Julie - posted on 09/06/2011

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We don't watch it, but mostly because I think it is one of the most annoying shows ever. We also don't have cable, so there are a lot of shows that my kids don't get to watch. I am fine with that.

Kalisha - posted on 09/06/2011

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nope. that like letting her watch the simpsons or family guy. there is a reason the new episodes come on at 8pm. its more for older kids.

Merry - posted on 09/06/2011

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Dora IS obsessive! Lol we just banned it for a while, we call it Dora detox :) Eric adores Dora but he's also scared of it! The troll under the bridge, even swiper. Eric will watch from behind the doorway, just peeking out. I think if it's scaring him like that he shouldn't watch it. Dora is the only one with 'magic' and that scares him too.

Patricia - posted on 09/05/2011

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I feel the same way Cassie Watson does. I hate sponge bob! It has to many bad words and it is so rude!

Stacey - posted on 09/04/2011

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NO! I feel my IQ drop everytime SpongeBob is turned on so I can't imagine what it is doing to my kids! I love PBS Kids and it is soooo educational!

Vegemite - posted on 09/04/2011

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No way we don't watch anything that has a nasty theme like name calling (sponge bob) or physical violence (any of the good guy bad guy fighting cartoons). They watch educational shows and cartoons and car shows like top gear where the adult content goes over their heads as they love cars. Some episodes of the simpsons is ok but my husband knows those well and will turn it off when an episode that's not suitable is on. We are very careful about what they watch and if the show has content that we wouldn't teach them ourselves then they don't watch it. We even ban Dora from time to time because they can get a little obsessed with it.

Patricia - posted on 09/03/2011

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Other than Dragon Ball and Avatar my kids aren't allowed to watch anything on Nickelodeon. (ages 7, 5, and 2 1/2 years) Or Cartoon Network for that matter. When my oldest were little it was because of language, as they've gotten older it's because the shows are just STUPID. Plus they do so many things that we just don't want them to think is OK. And Spongebob was the starting point. When I banned Spongebob I took a closer look at the rest of those shows and my husband and I decided no. And you know, they've never even asked to watch it. My oldest came home from a friend's house and apparently the boy had it turned on, so my son came home and said that was the weirdest show he's ever seen.
My kids are happy watching Nick Jr. (even the older two), Disney, Boomerang, PBS, and Qubo. Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon are just not needed.

Brindle - posted on 09/01/2011

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My children arent allowed to watch it either. Never have... it was originaly created as an ADULT CARTOON so there is alot going on in that show that children dont need. Lets face it they learn way to much too early as it is. But my step daughter has been watching it since birth. when other kids are watching educational shows she watches spunge bob... didnt even KNOW who ELMO was at 2. She is developmentaly behind however her vocabulary is HORIBLE!!! Slang words name calling and total disrespect for anyone that tells her what todo. The rule in our house is IF you arent allowed to repeat a behavior you arent allowed to watch it. Kids do what they see not what they are told.

Stephanie - posted on 08/31/2011

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I have let my 2 year old watch spongebob since she was old enough to watch tv and she has never said stupid or idoit but she has leanred all the characters names, she also comes up to me and says silly spongebob or patrick or whoever is being funny maybe my child thinks diffently who knows every child is different,so do what you think is best your mom not anyone else!!

Nicole - posted on 08/31/2011

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Yes, I let my son watch Spongebob, 'cause he loves it and it's better than Caillou! ;) My son just turned 2, and he hasn't picked up any of the lesser-loved words, but then again ... I don't make a big deal about it. She's probably saying them because it gets a rise out of you. Try not reacting to certain words and focus on more positive things.

Mandi - posted on 08/30/2011

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My son watches it. There are a few words (stupid, idiot, etc) that I don't approve of, BUT I catch myself saying words like that sometimes. I never ever cuss, but I do use some words that I wouldn't like him to say. I'm sure if they don't hear it on spongebob, they would hear it somewhere - or other worse words. I don't see a problem with it.

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I must be a horrible mom... I let my two year old watch it. She likes the theme song, and I agree with others that the contrasts and colors fascinate them. She hasn't picked up any bad habits or words from watching it but she doesnt watch it for hours on end and we don't behave like that in our home so I think that helps her know/ learn the difference.

Katherine - posted on 08/25/2011

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i wouldnt let my son watch it either...i cant stand the cartoon its far too adult to be considered a childs cartoon...i completely agree with you and wouldnt allow my child to watch it...my son picks up qute alot from tv geberally he watches mickey mouse and all the others you mentioned but generally its onlu realli the disney junior channel and cartoonito he watches the other programmes on the television i find to be far to old for his age. stick to your guns if they dont agree with you tell them that she's your daughter therefore they are your rules...just make sure your wishes are known and stick to them dont let anybody else undermine your authority x

Christina - posted on 08/24/2011

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This sounds horrible, but my son's first word was "Spongebob". I couldn't believe it when I heard it. He has older sisters that are Spongebob fanatics. Sadly, I was slowly converted into a fan. That little spongy guy is just so innocent. The girls did pick up the word "stupid", but I think that was from school. My husband HATED Spongebob at first, but now he has been converted too. I just don't understand what the little ones get out of it - most of the jokes are way beyond them. I guess like someone already said, it might be the bright colors. We do have a few interesting phrases at our house that came from the show. My 2 year old was the only toddler I know that said "Barnacles!" when he broke a toy or "Oh, Tartar Sauce" when I told him he couldn't have a cookie.

Riwh - posted on 08/23/2011

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I dont think Spongebob is that bad, my 2 year old daughter sings the "SpongeBob Square Pants" song, (in her own way of course.) and I agree with Alicia Young, I think it is the Colours etc. And considering it has those kind of "bad" words in the programme, my daughter hasn't picked up any of them. So I really don'tmind her watching it, but mind you, she doesn't really pay attention to the programme, mainly just the begining,

Franci - posted on 08/22/2011

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I used to hate it but really I have found just a few I will turn.... For the most part it is funny....

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2011

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I don't, but it's because I don't like it. I'd rather my daughter watch something more educational, like Sesame Street. I haven't watched SpongeBob but I have heard that there is inappropriate language for my 2 yr old

Ashley - posted on 08/22/2011

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I hated Sponge Bob even before I had my daughter. I just hate the goofey thing. I think it's ugly and the whole thing makes no sense. Why is a house hold cleaning sponge doing in the ocean anyway? Does no one else see how wrong that is but me? I always felt like a crazy person when it was on and I was yelling at the tv screen yelling at how stupid it was when someone would have it on. So NO, I don't let my daughter watch it. I would go insane if I even had to so much as listen to the noise of that show. We no longer have cable anyways, so my daughter really only watches the PBS station with shows like Seasame Street, and World World, and she LOVES the Cat in the Hat show that comes on.

Alicia - posted on 08/21/2011

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my daughter watches spongebob. not all of them use "bad" words. i have seen upwards of 5 seasons, and know which episodes are better than others. my daughter picked it up before i even seen it, and now loves it so much all i can do is screen them before hand. i think its the colors! its so bright and well contrasted. my daughter has never said anything rude.

Joy - posted on 08/19/2011

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We don't subscribe to cable because we didn't think it was worth it with our budget and how little we watch TV. We've bought some DVDs to watch on rare times when we don't have something else to do but exposure to TV is very minimal in our household. We have several DVDs my daughter likes and we approve (Dora, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Scooby Doo), but Spongebob is not on it because I'd heard the warnings about the language used. My nephew picked up those words from watching Spongebob so my sister warned me.

However, my daughter watches Spongebob at her daycare. I've not been that happy with her daycare for other reasons. She's going to be moving within a month to a different sitter that has similar views on what is appropriate for young children to watch. Hopefully she won't pick up these words before the move.

Katrina - posted on 08/16/2011

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I am sorry that you are going through this, but it will be a battle until she is grown and out on her own. This is my view since we have children from 37 to 2 years old. I have 18, 16, 11, 5 and 2 at home so programming exposure is vast. Here is our rules. We block anything older than TV14. Even with that everyday programs use what I consider "bad" words. As much as I despise Spongebob, I watch/watched every mind numbing episode with my kids and we talk about the "bad" words, what they mean and how they hurt people. I have not had a problem with the use of the "bad" words because we understand them. Also we don't make huge deal out of _______ (fill in the blank). We use it as an opportunity to teach, to ask them questions, to see where they need direction. It is a great feeling when, during Spongebob and you hear a "bad" word from the TV and call from the other room, "Why is that not nice? What was wrong with what they just said/did? What is right about what just happened?" and get an awesome answer. By making Spongebob taboo, it makes it more desirable. Teach, don't punish yourself by fighting with your little one over watching a cartoon. Eventually they move on to another fave and Spongebob will be in their rear view....just be prepared to teach. Hope it helps.

Amy - posted on 08/15/2011

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My sons sitter will not let them watch spongebob because she thinks it is inappropriate. I have never watched it enough to really know. We don't have Nickelodeon so he always watches the Disney channel in the morning. He is obsessed with Mickey Mouse and that is fine with me since I watch it with him and I know it is appropriate.

Jane - posted on 08/14/2011

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My son watches SpongeBob, but then he is 16 years old. When my kids were 2, we watched Barney, Sesame Street, Aurora's Castle, Bob the Builder, and Blue's Clues. Otherwise we watched video tapes, including the "There Goes..." series (There Goes a Police Car, There Goes a Helicopter, and so on), Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the Disney singalong tapes.

I really dislike SpongeBob and so I tend to leave the room when my son watches it, but at 16 he knows better (most of the time) than to call people by those names.

I don't think you are overreacting unless you are screaming at your sister and boyfriend about it. Personally I would simply figure out how to block the show on the TV(s) at your house, and ask anyone who watches your daughter to not let her watch the show because she is getting in trouble for using inappropriate language that she has learned from the show.

My kids picked up words like stupid, idiot and moron from the kids across the street and from public school. For the first few years the kids were in a Montessori school, and those words were never used.

The worst problem I had was the parents of my son's best friend let their son (age 3) watch R-rated scary movies with his big sisters (ages 16 and 18). A few times when my son was over there he was exposed to these movies. I found out because he had a terrible nightmare about a man in a white mask who was poking girls with a stick and making them bleed. I went over and told my neighbor that these movies were causing my son to have nightmares so could she please bring him back home or call me to come get him if they were going to watch anything beyond PG. She thought I was being a bit silly, but she did bring my son back home whenever they wanted to watch Halloween or Friday the 13th.

BTW we didn't say the words were "bad" but that they are mean, so that is why we don't say them.

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