Spongebob....

Kayla - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 76 moms have responded )

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What is it with Spongebob Squarepants that kids love SOOO much...
Since it came out, I've never met one child that didnt like it.. I have never seen a cartoon liked by so many kids!!!! What is it??

Are the producers sending out like subliminal messages or just sending crack waves their way?!?!

What do you ladies think??
I hate spongebob sooooo much!!

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Jenni - posted on 09/20/2010

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I don't know... i guess I just don't believe it's possible to shelter my children from everything. When they go to school they will be influenced by other kids in negative ways. They will eventually watch programs I don't agree with at friend's houses. Society in general will teach them things I wouldn't want them learning. I obviously still have my limits at home with what they watch or what video games they will play. My hopes are that the messages my husband and I teach them will be stronger than *most* outside influences. I want my children to know how to question what they see and learn to be stronger in their own opinions on things than any outside influence would have over them. I'm raising resilient children and we talk to them about what they see and hear.



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Each story focuses on Max and Ruby's relationship as brother and sister. The storylines are about the adventures and events that take place between brother and sister, and not the ones between the children and their parents. Even though Max and Ruby's parents are not seen in the series, they are always safely nearby as is shown by the many objects in the house - a trench coat hanging on a coat rack, an open book, a pair of reading glasses. There are other adults featured, however, the main intent is to capture how each moment can be a source of amusement and discovery for young children.



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Lauren - posted on 09/25/2010

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i think it's crazy how controversial this topic is. my son will be a year in less than a month and he LOVES spongebob, or as he likes to call him "umm-bob" or "bob bob". we're even having a spongebob themed first birthday party he loves it so much! my outlook on it is if he's happy, then i'm happy. i personally think the show is funny as well, if he's going to watch something all the time i'm glad it's something i enjoy too haha. and as for spongebob being violent, woww! i'm pretty sure tom and jerry and bugs bunny were more violent than spongebob. but that's just my opinion.

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2010

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I HATE it! Kids may like it; but my philosophy is don't let your kids watch anything you wouldn't want the emulating. If you don't like it, don't let your kids watch it!

Amber - posted on 09/20/2010

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I have a 10 month old and we watch BabyFirstTV on Dish, its eduation and not just for babies, my husband doesnt agree with dora and the spanish, and well i hate spongebob i dont think my baby could learn from that

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Shannintipton - posted on 10/05/2011

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Hi Brooke. Thanks for your response but this thread is a little old so I am going to close. But thanks again for your input. :)

Brooke - posted on 10/05/2011

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My son is 21/2 and he used to love Yo Gabba Gabba. He got a lot of Yo Gabba stuff his 1st Christmas and his 1st birthday party was Yo Gabba Gabba. We had seen every episode so many times that I switched to watching Sprout channel. a few months ago we went back to Nick Jr and it's funny to see him watch shows he has seen before. He now isn't just entertained by them he actually is learning what they are trying to teach.

Kimberly (Edwards) - posted on 10/12/2010

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I DESPISE SPONGEBOB! 10 years on the air is too much! I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old and I DO NOT allow Sponge Bob in our home! I like Nick Jr and PBS, for the most part, it is annoying but at least it is educational! What I don't like is the animated movies, Madagascar, Shrek, ect. In Shrek 1 there is cursing and suggestive material, Shrek 2 is full of sexual innuendo, and in Madagascar when the lion is sitting on the beach and the word HELP is in the background made of palm logs, part of the P falls and turns into an L, and of course forms the word HELL! Why do these people insist on putting stuff like that in CHILDRENS movies? I would almost bet in EVERY movie made "for" kids you can find something inappropriate! If you think about it cartoons have been based on violence and sexual innuendo since they first starting making them! Take Betty Boop, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and Yes, even Disney movies, they all have either some one hurting someone else or sexual material in them! All I know to do is to pick the lesser of the evils, and hope I have raised my sons well enough that it will not effect them in a negative way! No matter what I do, I'll NEVER let them watch Spongebob.....EVER! He is the epitome of EVIL! BLAH!!!!!!

Candy - posted on 09/26/2010

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I really think some of you are over thinking it. Like I said before I didnt get the sexual things until you dirty minded people pointed it out. My kids watch tv and they love to read. They are ahead in their classes. It has everything to do with the parents interacting with their kids not wether they watch tv or not. I think parents forget that part and want to blame everything on someone else other then themselves.The reason spongbob laughs when getting "hurt" because it does not hurt him He is a sponge. DUH! If you talk to your kids and teach them it is a cartoon not real life. I think parents forget kids think this stuff is real. They dont understand it is a cartoon someone drew. Be a parent and explain it to your kids.

Krista - posted on 09/25/2010

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I have no clue!! But since I sw an episode where spongebob, patraick and Mr. Krobs were trying to steal a girls panties, I decided there was probably something for educating that that for my daughter to waych, so now she watches only Nick Jr. shows. lol

Jenn - posted on 09/25/2010

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I have never seen it and my son has only watched it while at his Dad's house a couple of times. (he's 4 1/2)

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This is my last post to the Sponge Bob thread. I can't believe there is so much controversy about this. Hugs to you all.

Stacia - posted on 09/24/2010

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I am not sure why Spongebob is such a hit with the kids. I watched it 1 time with my son and that was it for me. We are a Spongebob free home. I will not even let the items sold in store be brought in to my home.

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2010

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I love Spongebob. It has great lessons in it. They have some good lessons on friendship, work ethics, school ethics, about people's feelings, trying to always do your best, etc. When I worked in the medical field I always wore spongebob scrubs. The children loved it and it helped opened up communication between the kids and me and helped to make them comfortable.



My kids like Max and Ruby. It's great for the older kids to watch. They learn to be more patient with their younger siblings.



If I found my boys doing a behavior I didn't like or saying something from a cartoon I normally just tell them it's inappropriate and we think of other things to do to get something out of their system. For instance, one of my boys came home from school one day and started saying an inappropriate word so we made up a words and he liked the one from spongebob "tartar sauce". For awhile when he got frustrated he would say 'Oh, tartar sauce." Actually, he really doesn't say it anymore he's gotten it out of his system.



Now I normally get movies/cartoons from the library or Netflix or On Demand.

Jamie-lee - posted on 09/24/2010

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my daughter loves spongbob but her dad loves it just as much so when its on i get to sneak away gotta love the show.

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Thank you very much Cynthia. Another parent who loves SpongeBob has been heard. I don't necessarily want to label the "nay sayers" as Communists or Nazis, but if they continue to act like Comrade Squidworth........LOL

Cynthia - posted on 09/23/2010

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ever since my daughter was 3 months she has loved it only spongebob she hates all the rest of them now she is 5 almost 6 months still the same

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2010

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can i ask why it is unsuitable 4 younger kids and it is not at all like ren and stimpy i grew up watching that and spongebob is so much nicer i love u sponge bob ohhhhh who lives in a pinapple under the sea sponge bob squre pants maybe cause im still only 22 and love cartoons oh well me and lil noo lv it hehe x

Davine - posted on 09/23/2010

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I actually had a spongebob ban in my house, my stepdaughter was obsessed and my niece and nephew as well. I hated it sooo much bc they would say the stupidest things and it was so mean the stuff i would hear off that show. But i think u r right about the crackwaves, bc like a fiend my stepdaughter would sneak and watch it at night and now my other two are hooked on it! The kids won and i lifted the ban :( I am very disappointed in myself! in fact...my fiance watches it with the kids and laughs hysterically the WHOLE time!

Monica - posted on 09/23/2010

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I cannot stand spongebob and i do not let my 2 1/2 year old watch it. I dont think it's good for kids. I dont see any lessons for kids, spongebob walks around in his underwear, he farts and burps, and some of the other characters are rude to each other. I really cannot stand that show and i cant see what makes it so appealing to children. Then again, my husband was watching Tom & Jerry with my daughter the other day and i realized that the old cartoons that we grew up watching arent that great for kids either, Tom & Jerry are always beating each other up, how am i supposed to tell my daughter not to hit if she's watching stuff like that. We're just gonna stick to Playhouse Disney shows and NickJr.

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My best friend's husband was in the Navy too, also in the submarine ships. I tease her all the time about him still wanting to go down (sorry, couldn't resist). People complain about Sponge Bob but nearly every Disney cartoon show now contains some humor that can be related to "adult" humor. My philosophy is to just let kids enjoy being kids. When they are old enough to understand innuedoes, etc., they are also old enough to be exposed to reality. But hey, what do I know?

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dont worry lisa and kate.. my whole family loves spongebob, we watch with them.. lol.. spongebob is nice and cute and innocent.. and theyre too young to get the navy humor.. which is what its all based.. i think at least two of the writers and maybe more of the staff for that show are ex submariners..my husband was in too so we get it lol

Brooke - posted on 09/22/2010

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You really need to sit and watch it! ... Its actually kinda scary! My son has a lot of sponge bob stuff but we are slowing but surly taking his mind off that cartoon!

April - posted on 09/22/2010

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My daughter adores it. She gets so excited and watches the first of the two epidsodes then ignores it until the opening song comes on again. I figure as long as she is enjoying herself, then it's all good. She's almost 2, by the way.

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Katie, you do realize you and I will both probably be condemned to hell by other members of this group? Most don't appear to like Sponge Bob, but I will firmly stand up to all and say I like the show as well. And I find myself sometimes humming the theme song.

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Sigh. I'm sure I am going to catch Hell because I like Spongebob. The only spongebob items in my home though are a pair of boys underwear, and a set of my lounging pants. I thought they were cute.

Brandice - posted on 09/22/2010

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I can't stand Spongebob and don't allow my children (5 & 19mts) to watch it. They aren't allowed to watch it because it teaches them nothing except stupid habits and it is way too grown up for children. I've never been able to understand the obsession with the show either. My mother-in-law has a daughter the same age as my 5 yr old and she's obsessed with spongebob, like has everything that has ever been made with his face on it. I don't even allow spongebob toys in my house because it enforces the idea that it's ok to watch that show.

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I like spongebob and watch it with my children.
For years though, I thought it was squarebob spongepants. Not very smart, am I?

Courtney - posted on 09/22/2010

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I have a 6 yr old son and a 2 yr old daughter and baby #3 due in Dec and I don't stand for Sponge Bob... I do agree that the show is rude, and inappropriate (sp?) for young children... My daughter however is obsessed with Dora. I have no problem with letting her watch Dora. My son of course is at school through out the day so he doesn't get to watch very many cartoons during the week and then on the weekends both of them go to their grandparents house and doesn't get to watch much tv cause they are always out and about... The only shows my daughter get to watch is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dora, Max & Ruby, Handy Manny, and stuff like that... I have noticed that cartoons now days just aren't what they used to be... I can't stand half of the cartoons that are on tv now days... I guess that is why I download movies and burn them on DVD so when my kids want to watch something that isn't on I have it on DVD... I wish they would take half the cartoons off the air now days and put the ones I watched as a kid back on!

Sheila - posted on 09/21/2010

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I also HATE SPONGE BOB!!! That show is very inappropriate for children. My daughter is 6mths old and the only thing I let her watch are your baby can read dvds and Baby Einstein...with the occasional yo gabba gabba...I was surfing the tv one day and came across it and she was in awe with the show and still is. I really don't mind them at all. I actually like them and their songs..."there's a party in my tummy so yummy so yummy" lol

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2010

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there's gross adult jokes in it. think about it. "sandy cheeks" in bikini bottom. and crabs in bikini bottom. gross if you ask me! My 8 year old niece LOVES it but I won't let my 2 year old son watch it just bc of how nasty the shows themselves are.

Maria - posted on 09/21/2010

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I hate it!!! I dont let my kids watch it. I dont see how anyone thinks it is ok for kids to watch. just my opinion :)

Marissa - posted on 09/21/2010

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i think spongebob is the dumbest creation ever the few times i have watched it i could feel myself getting stupider i could feel my brain getting a little mushier. i physically hate spongebob. my kids don't watch it but once a year when they visit grandma

Meghan - posted on 09/21/2010

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I don't mind watching any of the cartoons on nickeloaden or noggin!!! My daughter will talk about the shows and what happens and we talk about what not to do and stuff like that.

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2010

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Spongebob is the equivalent to what Ren and Stimpy was to us. It is lued crued and annoying but the kids love it. A few weeks ago I came across an old episode of Ren and Stimpy and thought it was the stupidest thing I had ever seen. Even though I loved it as a little kid I can't understand how my parents allowed me to watch it cause I certainly wouldn't let my little man in that situation. It's just one of those things that we deal with to keep the kids happy even if we are not. If you don't like the message that it sends it is up to you to keep it out of your home even if you can't keep your child from watching it somewhere else.

Jamie - posted on 09/21/2010

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My daughter is still young (only 13 months) but I absolutely REFUSE to let her watch it. I do not think it is appropriate for children at all. I find Spongebob highly annoying and rude, and with my experience in a daycare the kids tried to act like him and did things that were very innapropriate.

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I'm not bothered by it tbh. My son's only 9 months old and hasn't really shown any preference for TV as of yet and when I do put programmes on like In The Night Garden or Zingzillas he usually takes hardly any notice because he's too busy betting everywhere!

Becky - posted on 09/21/2010

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I don;t mind the show Spongebob however my hubby strongly thinks the show is extremely unsuitable for children because it had adult content in it.

Donna - posted on 09/21/2010

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Maybe the sheer fact that spongebob is just so dumb. Hes like a 5 yr old left alone with a book of matches.

Heather - posted on 09/21/2010

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I have watched every show I let my daughter watch and when even my husband and I get something from it, you know it is educational. Things like Sid the Science Kid, Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks and so on. We NEVER just plop her in front of the tv or use it to keep her attention. I like to have noise in the house so I keep the tv on either educational shows or music. I make sure that both choices are things I won't have an issue with her listening to or watching as she grows up. We are always singing the songs with her from shows and she has learned a lot of words and gestures etc from the shows that are above her age group but it gets her to dance and imitate and talk more and we can build on that. We did the Baby Einstien videos and flashcards and they did nothing for her. She often ignores the shows, except for songs she loves and plays with her toys or the dogs and of course us. Being a stay at home mom and full time student I have learned that the more independent they are the less they want you hovering. I want home to be fun and educational. She is gonna be a big sister soon so I want her to share and teach no boss her sibling around. Most importantly every parent is different. I just want to do the best for my child as I'm sure others want to do for theirs.

Jenn - posted on 09/21/2010

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I don't have a huge problem with SpongeBob. My two SS's like the show and now so does my 2 year old. The only episodes that I don't like are the ones with physical violence, be it a cartoon show or not. I saw one episode where SpongeBob and Patrick were hitting each other with snow-made-weapons and at that one, I changed the channel. Most of it is just harmless humor to keep kids attentions. If the kids begin to "act" like SpongeBob for a lengthy period of time, then we do the "You're watching it too much, time to take a break from the show" method.

Jenni - posted on 09/21/2010

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South Park is also a cartoon that doesn't mean it's appropriate for a 5 year old ;)

I still find Sponge Bob funny... I use to watch it when i was a teen.

Do I let my 3 and 2 year old watch it? no i don't think it's age appropriate... possibly for preteens-teens.

Although I know my SD (the 3 year old) watches it at home b/c my husband was flipping through channels and when she seen it she started throwing a fit because we wouldn't leave it on for her. She also points him out when we're at the store.

Shows that I think are appropriate for my kids are: Dora, Thomas the tank engine, Calliou, In the Night Garden, Curious George, Word World, Super Why, Blue's Clues (one of my favs)., Wonder Pets, Max and Ruby, Ni Hoa Kal'an.

Rachel - posted on 09/21/2010

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My daughter will not watch Spongebob when she is older. I find him way too offensive for my liking.

Hailey - posted on 09/21/2010

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why is sponge bob so bad for younger kids to view i know a 2 year old that watches it
it is a cartoon

Kymberly - posted on 09/21/2010

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Joy- I understand what you are saying completly :D It's a new day and age and kids that know multiple languages are the ones that will excel in school and life. America is a melting pot and why shouldn't kids learn other languages??? I mean every other country kids learn 2 to 3 other languages in grammar school alone! I just think some of us Americans can be hard-headed...

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I can't believe that someone out there doesn't like Dora simply because she and her husband don't like the idea of their kid learning Spanish. Really?

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Yeah, ever since that show came out, which was way before I had my son (almost 3yo), I knew, without a doubt that there was not a snowball's chance in hell that I would ever let any kid of mine watch that show and the same still holds true today. I think Spongebob is an ADULT cartoon (especially after watching the one where he jerks off under the covers) and I think there is no moral or ethical value in my son watching it. Do I want my kid to learn how to talk back and be beligerant and disrespectful? No. If I wanted those things, then yes, I'd let him watch the stupid cartoon.

Natalie Rose - posted on 09/20/2010

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My daughter loved Spongebob before she was into any other show. I very rarely let her watch it, though, as I believe it sends a very strong message of non-consequenstial violence. Spongebob laughs when he's being hurt and there generally tends to be a lot of violence in every episode that is portrayed as 'silly' and meant to entertain children. I think the bright colors, fast moving characters, chipper music and rapid pace of the stories are what keep kids enticed and coming back for more. I'm skeptical. A couple shows that I really love and find quite calming are Charlie and Lola, Toot and Puddles, and Ni Hoa Kai Lan. My daugther loves those too and they're not *nearly* as abrasive and jarring.

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2010

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I think it is more for those adults that still like to watch cartoons. they have too many innuwindows (sp). for expample, there is an episode that they are saying something but it is making funny seal noises over what they say (like they are being sensored for curse words) I wont let my kid watch it.

Kimberly - posted on 09/20/2010

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I'm not sure why kids like it so much. I've been at home with my little one since he was born. When he first started to "watch" cartoons, I actually watched with him so I knew what he was watching. I never thought I'd be that kind of mom. But the only time we watched Spongebob the whole episode was about kicking butt. So I refused to watch it or let my little one watch it. He'll be 3 in December and he knows that if Spongebob comes on tv to tell me so that we can change the channel. It's horrible.

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