Does your child act up more after watching?

Linda - posted on 07/22/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi,
I have a 5 year old daughter who is very intelligent, pretty and acts more like a teenager at times than 5 almost 6. We've decided watching I Carly, Hannah Montana and the Bratz might be the problem. What do other Mom's think? Can those shows influence young kids so much that they act like spoiled diva's? She say's it isn't the first two shows that makes her act sassy etc.

Linda

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Firebird - posted on 07/23/2010

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My 5 year old daughter watches Care Bears, Rollie Pollie Ollie, Dora the Explorer and the like. All things Hannah Montana and Bratz are banned from my house until the day I die.

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Linda - posted on 07/23/2010

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Thank you very much everyone for your replies. We try not to let them watch to much TV especially in the summer but it's a little more difficult in the winter since we live on a highway and there are no other kids around here. The kids were watching more programs suitable for their age's before but along the line we didn't pay as much attention to what they were watching, we will now.

My daughter does love to sing songs, color and we even set up area in her room recently where she can play dress up so I am going to work on focusing on what she likes to do and more age appropriate activities. I don't think the other kids in her class are as sassy as she is but I'm not positive of that. I am her grandmother and her adoptive mother and that has created other problems but I want to guide her and her brother in the right direction specifically because their biological mother has acted a lot like my daughter most of her life I think. I don't want that for my daughter.

Melissa - posted on 07/23/2010

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Oh definitely! Young children are so impressionable. I think I would ban them.

Sharon - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son who is 2 1/2 is only allowed to watch playhouse disney it's geared towards his age group and he learns too.

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I don't let my daughter who is 4 1/2 watch those, and when I watched, them, figured she will NOT watch them, they are definately geared more towards teens, and boy/girl relationships. My daughter really talks nothing about kissing, only that she wants to marry her daddy lol. Her best friend who does watch all of these shows, follows boys around, trying to hold their hand, talks about kissing boys, blah, blah, blah, and she is just 10 months older than my daughter. So, yes, I think these shows can definately influence young minds.

Tracy - posted on 07/22/2010

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I'm having to contend with my ex treating my girl like a princess. So when she comes home, she acts like she's incapable of anything and has a hissy if she doesn't get her way. After a day or so of retraining, she's my sweet little independant fairy again. Why invite more of that attitude into my house?

Kelina - posted on 07/22/2010

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Things like this make me glad i ahve no cable! yes tv can influence how our kids behave, as can other people. Does she hang around with kids who act like this at school? how about cousins? At her age she should be watching kids shows, more teletoon than ytv. Heck even treehouse! WE've only got movies in the house so i can limit what my son watches and when he watches it better than if we had cable.

Abby - posted on 07/22/2010

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I think they CAN be a problem, but aren't necessary the only problem. Little girls have attitude without Bratz and Miley Cyrus influencing them. Children will see different behaviors and attitudes all around them, with and without our knowledge, it's up to us as parents to teach them which behavior is appropriate and which is not. If the show is an influence towards a bad attitude, it's our responsibility to either remove that influence or teach them not to repeat that behavior.

Tracy - posted on 07/22/2010

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I think all those shows are wretched. They teach nothing of value, only to be superficial little demanding twits with unrealistic expectations. I don't allow them in my house. My son is 8, my daughter is 3. They can watch Funny Videos, Mythbusters, and a few early Saturday morning cartoons. Some of my friends think I'm a bit too strict, but I don't care. I'm detemined that my kids will grow up to be decent people, despite societial pressure to be brats.

Oh, and when I found out I was having a girl, I let it be known that those horrid Bratz dolls were NOT allowed, period.

Danielle - posted on 07/22/2010

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It can completely be a problem, I couldn't agree with you more! Those girls act and look much older than they are. When I was 16 I was so fresh faced, barely wore make up, I had curves but I covered them up. I went to a uniform school and when I went there the rules were enforced. Now, when I drive past my old high school I can't believe how some of these girls look. They look like they're going to a night club. Their school uniform skirts are way shorter than what we were allowed, they wear low cut blouses, walk around in high heels, they've all had their hair and nails professionally done. I mean they look GREAT but not their age. Not to mention the attitudes some of these girls sport nowadays. Wow! I wouldn't want my 5 year old picking up on that. Plus, it could create self esteem issues. She might start comparing herself to what she's seeing on the TV.

JuLeah - posted on 07/22/2010

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I am not sure I'd let a five year old watch the shows you mentioned. They are not written for five year olds, but for 15 year olds.

We, in American, anyway, seem to push our kids to grwo up soooo fast. Let them be little, I say. She is 5. She needs to be playing in the mud and on swings, and with rocks and sticks and balls. She needs to be coloring, and singing silly song, and playing dress up and watching Big Bird and Elmo if she watches TV at all. It is summer, so dirty feet, popcycled covered face, messed up hair, and big grins need to be in her life right now.

Dawn - posted on 07/22/2010

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And to answer to question better.....those girls are very sassy, so I would say YES, again!!

Dawn - posted on 07/22/2010

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YES,YES,YES!!! This programming is supposedly based for the teenage sector but is typically view by tweens and younger. The messages may not be sexual or even provacative in nature but they are based heavily on boy/girl relationships and fashion that is IMO not appropriate for very young children.

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