What are your thoughts on letting children watch Spongebob?

Stacy - posted on 01/02/2013 ( 57 moms have responded )

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I didnt know this but I heard recently that alot of people do not let their children watch Spongebob. I grew up watching this and my 22 mo old now watches it, I am not aware of anything bad about it, what are your thoughts on why someone wouldnt let children watch it?

Are there any other cartoons you dont let your little ones watch?

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Tracey - posted on 01/03/2013

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When my kids were littler (they're 16, almost 14, and 8 now) I didn't really like that they watched Spongebob with their dad, but he said it was harmless.

There's a difference between being harmless and being beneficial. It's like the difference between water and pomegranate juice. Fill up on water, and you'll be too sated to drink anything else, and will miss the vitamins and antioxidants in the juice. I've always wanted my kids' use of time to be more on the beneficial end.

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2013

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Spongebob is very rude and nasty. Sometimes it sounds like they say bad words. I can't stand that show. It's really a grown up cartoon, like Family Guy. Thats not for kids! I don't let them watch that stuff. We watch movies about christ and family movies, Hallmark, Thomas The Train, Disney ect.

Chrissy - posted on 01/03/2013

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A lot of people will not agree with me, but we do not shelter our children from the 'real world'. Spongebob does contain a lot of adult style humor, but I don't think it is harmful since most of that humor is lost on the child. It also encourages parents to watch the show with their child since they also find it entertaining. Sheltered children grow up not ready for the harshness of the world. We do not go so far as having sex in front of our children or exposing them to pornography, but they are very informed about the birds and the bees. If they want to know something, we tell them the truth. We do not keep our children away from violent video games or violent television shows, shows containing nudity....if they want to watch it, they may. My children are intelligent and informed, and I get complimented a lot about how well behaved they are from their teachers, friends, family, even strangers. They are informed about the reality of the world, and hopefully since they know what to expect, they won't struggle as much when they are on their own as a sheltered child would.

Charlotte - posted on 01/16/2013

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My 3-year-old son does NOT watch Spongebob. I suggest you read this article about just 4 minutes of watching SpongeBob can lead to attention problems: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/12...

It's not the content that is the problem. The problem is that there is simply too much going on. Too much motion and activity on the screen that overstimulates the little ones' brains. If you notice with Mickey Mouse, Diego, Dora and other TODDLER-oriented shows, the motion is always on one item/person at a time, directing the child's attention to that one activity. I hope this helps- there's definitely a time and place for SpongeBob- as a preteen, I watched it too =D but it's not good for such young children to watch it. There are plenty of fun AND educational shows (like the ones I listed) that will entertain just as well.

Christine - posted on 01/04/2013

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Spongebob is a show designed for school age children, ages 6-11 years old. That's what the Nickelodeon network states. I used to let my 8 year old watch that show until I sat down and watched it. It's a really stupid show, period. The fact that the show is laced with adult humor just makes it that much worse. I'm not one of those preachy parents that thinks that my children should only watch educational programming (who wants to do that all the time??), but there are definitely far better alternatives out there that won't potentially affect your son's intelligence or perception of good humor. For his age, I'd recommend Dora or Diego or the Mickey Mouse Club. If you really want him to watch programming for older kids, try Finneas and Ferb.
We don't have a strict ban on any cartoons in our house, but my thoughts are there's entertainment and then there's

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Amanda - posted on 02/20/2013

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My son loves Spongebob, I used to think it was funny but now that I've watched it so much, I am sick of it. It's so off the wall and wierd but I don't see anything wrong with kids watching it but I've heard a lot of people say they don't let their kids watch it. It was even on the news saying that it will make your kids stupid, I don't believe that however I'd much rather him watch something that teaches him stuff like Mickey Mouse Club House or Diego. I like the cartoons that let the kids interact with them.

Tara - posted on 02/20/2013

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I let my 4 year old watch it....she is a perfectly respectful girl. She is extremely smart and funny to. I haven't seen any negatives with it. I kind of avoid the show now tho cuz it was all she wanted to watch and it annoys me now. :/

Stacy - posted on 02/11/2013

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im only 23 but already there is such a huge change in cartoons! Looney tunes were sometimes "violent" Ren and Stempy had dirty jokes in it. tom and jerry, one trying to hurt the other lol it goes on and on. But I am glad there are eforts made that are in the best interest for our children

Stacy - posted on 02/11/2013

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lol we are in the crazy weather cycle arnt we? Here in Ky its sunny then in a couple days it snows and then the next its sunny again, its so strange! I grew up complete opposite than you Lisa! My parents didnt really care what I watched and how long I watched it. I was def spoiled and def a couch potatoe. I did play outside but not as much as I should have, I havent really had a great imagination either! Not to bomb my parens they were great loving people but they let me do as I pleased really.
I want my son to live simplier though. I watched alot of tv and played alot of video games growing up and I dont want him to grow up as I did. Alot of children do watch too much tv, i think, and they arnt active enough. Thats one of the reasons I really monitor my sons tv. Im going to let him watch spongebob and probably most shows that I see fit like no crude language, no sexual talk or display, nothing to go against our religious beliefs, etc.
But yea I think as long as parents monitor what they watch and for how long they watch it, and dont let the tv be the main source of education, its fine. I know its not going to happen, but Id love to see less people using electronics alot less and doing things that dont invovle anything but yourselves and are fun as a family and still educationally fit for them. Im def going to aim for this as he grows up, technology isnt always 100% reliable.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2013

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No worries, I grew up in Idaho and know what you mean about the weather. Sometimes as mothers we just gotta let are kids sit and veg on some TV as long as it's appropriate when the weather is bad and the kids are bored . I was very picky with my first child and wanted her to be a genius.. Lol... I tried not to let media or the social world influence her. I must say I have relaxed quite a bit. She does know spongbob and finds him very intertaining

Shauna - posted on 02/09/2013

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It's ok and I am sorry if I offended your children by saying they didn't have a good imagination because they aren't watching cartoons. i grew up watching all kinds of cartoons except for the inappropriate ones, but we played outside a lot so of course we used our imagination. I encourage my kids to use their imagination and I try to get them outside as much as possible, but we live in MO and the whether is crazy. For instance, last monday it was 70 and then Wednesday it was 40. I agree with you that kids tend to have a better imagination as long they have loving and encouraging parents.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2013

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I didn't mean to offend your children. I just grew up with very limited TV and felt I had an amazing upbringing where I was forced to use my imagination.. I wanted to pass that down to my child. I am sure children in general all have amazing imaginations as long as they have loving parents who encourage such.

Shauna - posted on 02/09/2013

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Well, my kids watch spongebob and many other cartoons and they have plenty of imagination. Just because a child watches spongebob and the other cartoons that you say are main stream cartoons, doesn't mean that they don't have an imagination. My kids are very creative and have a very big imagination.

Lisa - posted on 02/09/2013

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I let her watch 'learning', cartoons.. If you watch kpbs in morning you will see lots. I I didn't let her watch main stream cartoons.. They aren't imaginative at all. Before TV, kids actually used their imagination to create play. This is what I wanted for my child... She is full of imagination, and more than most kids her age who sit and watch spongbob all day.

Shauna - posted on 02/09/2013

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That's just not even fair to keep your daughter from watching cartoons until she was 6. That is stopping her from being a kid and that's not fair to her. Granted you let her watch some child shows but cartoons are what makes kids use their imagination and not letting them watch cartoons is not allowing them to completely use their imagination.

Lisa - posted on 02/08/2013

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My daughter wasn't able to watch cartoons on TV until she was 6yrs...The only TV she was allowed was kpbs, animal planet, and discovery, and baby Einstein

Dakota - posted on 02/07/2013

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well there not and they don't its not nasty it's normal it's nothing compared to family guy.

Dakota - posted on 02/07/2013

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well my children watch it and it makes them laugh and smile so that makes me happy. Don't let your children watch incredible crew or level up it has some bad manners in it.

Shauna - posted on 02/06/2013

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I have to say that I think that it is weird that people have a problem with their kids watching spongebob but there are many other cartoons that are much worse than spongebob. I mean look at tom and jerry. my kids love that show and there is so much violence in it, that's all it is, and my kids don't act out any of that violence. It's stupid. Like tiffani said if you teach your kids the difference then they WILL NOT act out what they see on tv.

Tiffani - posted on 02/04/2013

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I personally think if you teach your child the difference between reality and cartoons that there shouldn't be a problem. Even for young children. They shouldn't be say in front if the tv all day anyway. But if they are taught that they can't copy things spongebob does then what's the problem? Mickey Mouse and cartoons like that used to be pretty 'violent' at one point. But if you know it's not real then you won't go and try to hit someone in the head with a board. My opinion. (Just in case anyone gets offended. :/)

Morgan - posted on 02/04/2013

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Well i dont think a child should watch spongebob!! He is a lier and a thief and he has terrible manners..not recommended for children..its called treehouse..age appropriateness

Maritza - posted on 01/27/2013

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Spongebob is a cartoon for teens to grown ups. The characters treat each other without respect and it's not a good message to sen to younger children. Patrick I think is funny but, I can see younger children getting the message to make fun of people who seem or are different than everyone else. Children should learn the opposite to treat everyone with respect and value friendships. It truly depends on the parents because everyone has different values. I think of kids are watching Spongebob, then at least let the kids know that in real life people do not act like they do in cartoons. Another cartoon I don't like is the new Looney Toons, the treat each other worse than Spongebob.

Tiffani - posted on 01/23/2013

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While I have nothing against spongebob. I actually love the show myself. I do make my son watch older cartoons I grew up on. 'Bear in the big blue house, Franklin, little bear, etc' i usually find the DVDs in walmarts $5 bin. He can watch spongebob from time to time though. :]

Lucy - posted on 01/23/2013

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I don't like spongebob. I think the content of the show has no susstinance, no lessons, no morals, no social responsibilities. Inbetween 1 and 2 yrs I started putting my daughter in the highchair and turned tv on, so she would be occupied while I made dinner, (I'm a single mom). I find the show annoying. I now only let my daughter watch tv for an hour a day. She is three and loves to watch superwhy. A rule I made is she can watch tv from 10-11am. I let her watch Sprout tv and if her sjow is not on then she doesn't get to watch it.

Lana - posted on 01/16/2013

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Spongebob? Hell i watch spongebob all the time. I love it. Spongebob belongs on adult swim. It is NOT a childs program period! There is an episode on there where they kill the health inspector and try to hide the body. Come on! Not cool to watch for a 5 year old.

Cecilia - posted on 01/16/2013

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Same here Cleaver. cept we're nick jr, disney jr, sprout and babyfirst. I never watch tv. husband watches netflix on his computer.

Cleaver - posted on 01/16/2013

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there are 3 channels i put on for my son only treehouse, nickjr, and disneyjr more often then not its treehouse i think my tv is always set on it because my husband and i dont watch much tv

Amber - posted on 01/13/2013

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My son is five but very mature for a boy his age. He likes sponge which I detest however I watch with him bc it does at times seem crude and my get changed. Sometimes on that same channel a cartoon called gravity falls comes on and it is forbade bc it gloomy and more like family guy/Simpson's with adultlike humor.

Stacy - posted on 01/13/2013

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I would never call a child an idiot. If a parent even allows their child to watch tv, educational shows are great for them, and I dont see nothing wrong with it, or even monitoring tv, it needs to happen with all the things tv does broadcast. But I think it comes to a point (for me) that a child needs to be entertained and have fun and learn to be silly sometimes. Education is very important but sometimes they need a break from learning the books, and learn to be creative and be silly to let off stress, if any, or jst have a break. Spongebob isn the perfect show or anything, but it does give a chance for kids to explore their imagination and just have fun. I think thats what the show is about and thats why kids like it so much. As in alot of different cartoons, there are alot of things that a child could possibly try to mimic, but its up to the parents to teach their children what is acceptable and what is not. Through tv or school or their friends, they are going to learn something the parent doesnt agree with, we cant keep them from everything, though I wish I could, I know its impossible. But for me Spongebob isnt near as bad as some of the things Ive seen on tv.

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my son, who is 3, doesn't watch it because he doesn't find it interesting but i don't have a problem with him watching it. when it comes to TV, pretty much the only things I won't let him watch are things with sexual content or lots of swearing. other than that i'm not too picky. he watches alot of ninja turtles and lego ninja

Brittany - posted on 01/11/2013

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I let my son watch it I can watch it for a little than I have to do something it bores me but not my son so I let him watch it I see no harm in it

Cecilia - posted on 01/10/2013

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I would like to know what else was given to the child beyond sponge bob to make them "idiots"

I've known many many many children who've watched the show and i saw no such affect.

I love that you blame spongebob, parents, and teachers all in the same sentence... well which one was it??

Shauna - posted on 01/10/2013

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Brittany,
So are you saying that my kids are bumbling idiots because I let them watch Spongebob? If so, how dare you criticize my kids because of something they like to watch. I do not appreciate you talking about not only my kids but other peoples kids like that.There are also hundreds of shows that are on that are way worse than spongebob.

Also if you teach your kids good things and teach them right from wrong and so on then what they watch on tv shouldn't affect them. It sounds like you are just over protective.

Aleisha - posted on 01/10/2013

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We have ABC 22 here is Australia which I'm pretty happy with. I am not familiar with spongebob yet. I guess its on a pay tv channel right?

I have seen snippets of it and its very fast paced and seems a lot more advanced. Definitely for older kids.

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It is mind rotting. There isn't anything vulgar, but it has absolutely no content, and I have watched children become bumbling idiots after watching it too much, be it some of that is due to the parents and schools.

I monitor what I allow my children to watch very closely. I don't allow them to watch most preschool shows. Honestly, I am picky. I don't want to deal with the bad things so many children pick up from TV.

Shauna - posted on 01/09/2013

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I do not see or have anything against it. My now 5 yr. old watches it and has watched for as long as I can remember. My two year old watches it now and she loves it. I have never seen anything that I didn't like about it and really do not understand what people see so wrong with it. Yes, they do say some words that aren't so nice and maybe sometimes do things that aren't so nice, but they also do things that are good. If you teach your children between right and wrong then it shouldn't matter what they say on tv they should know what to say and not to say and what to do and not to do. But I guess that's my opinion.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/07/2013

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There are lots of cartoons I dont allow my children to watch. Simply because of content, having 4 kids it is a given that they will end up emulating e what they'rewatching in one way or another so I choose to have that be something productive and helpful to their growing minds - call me crazy :)

Lori - posted on 01/04/2013

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I personally refuse to let my children watch Spongebob anymore. Spongebob is full of words that I don't want my children saying. In our house you aren't allowed to belittle people and use words such as stupid, moron, idiot, or fat. All of which have been heard in various Spongebob episodes.

Stacy - posted on 01/04/2013

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I think its great that they dont sit through the whole show at toddler age, its good they are active and on the go.

I dont have cable so we have to buy the dvds of seasons and movies. Ill have to get Phineas and Ferb. Ive never seen it, but Ive heard it is a good show too. Are there any new little kid cartoons yourd recommend? I also really like the educational shows. I did try one it was called somehting like little angels, and I was super happy with the content, although it was a religious film, I found it kind of boring and my son woulndt watch it

Cecilia - posted on 01/04/2013

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Christine, can you get the 20 month old to sit through a Disney movie? I've yet to learn that skill lol. My daughter is 26 months and she can only get about half way through Alice in Wonderland or The little Mermaid.. Anything past that she is done, typically it's closer to 15 minutes. Most like the Aristocats, she will get maybe 5-10 minutes in and leave.

Denikka - posted on 01/04/2013

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Christine, my kids would never forgive me if I didn't correct you :P
It's Phineas and Ferb :P not Finneas and Ferb

And that's definitely a favorite show over here :P

Christine - posted on 01/04/2013

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Silly phone! As I was saying, there's entertainment, then there's insulting/adversely affecting children's intelligences and I think Spongebob definitely falls into this category. If you are using the show to simply entertain him so you can get things done (a thought I sympathize with three girls aged 8, 3, and 20 months), why not get movies like Disney movies or Don Bluth films or Dreamworks movies? They will keep his attention. My youngest's favorites right now are The Aristocats and Madagascar 3.

Cecilia - posted on 01/03/2013

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I personally hate spongebob.. That's just me.(her dad let's her watch it all the time while i'm busy doing chores) In my opinion if she is going to watch TV I prefer it has some educational value.

If you have nick for sponge bob i assume you have nick jr. They have some great shows that my 27 month old loves.

Disney also has a Jr. channel but they don't seem to grab my daughter's attention.

If you can get it with your cable or satellite, Baby First is the BEST channel ever for young minds. First they only have 10-15 minute shows. It keeps their attention. They teach everything under the sun. I found some videos of theirs online http://www.babyfirsttv.com I don't know who runs the site but they seem to know how to get kids attention no matter what show it is. Seriously i LOVE this channel.

There are no real shows I don't allow her to watch. I have teen-aged kids also and they put on some stupid things (adventure time, and yes Family guy- although the worst is probably Bob's Burgers) I don't drag her out of the room when she is hanging out with them. I do try to restrict TV time although no one else in the house cares lol.

Chrissy - posted on 01/03/2013

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*There is very little about our children we don't know.* Sorry, it is difficult to type properly on my phone.

Chrissy - posted on 01/03/2013

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I would rather be the one to teach them the ways of the world than them listening to their friends or the internet. Being open and honest with them creates a line of trust, so rather than them sneaking around to experiment, they tell us what they are up to or ask about the outcome of certain actions so I can inform them about the intelligence of it. There is very little about my children. My son texts his girlfriends on my phone and never erases them so I am free to see what he is up to at any given time. No, my kids are not sheltered at all, and I know what they are up to at any given time. I have never had calls from their schools or visits from the police about them doing anything wrong. Yes I monitor what they do, I just very rarely restrict the content. Only if it is way too inappropriate for them or if there is a possibility of them getting hurt. I have all their passwords. No I do not shelter them, but in no way does it mean I am irresponsible, uninformed, or inattentive. If they find things out from us, we know they won't be misinformed or get hurt. If they are watching or doing these things at home, we know they aren't somewhere else getting hurt or into trouble. This does not mean drinking or drugs. They know about these things and they show no interest in trying them. We use a nonjudgemental approach, and this makes them feel at ease sharing anything and everything with us. We have four children, all but one is in middle school, and we could not ask for more well behaved kids than what they are.

Erinna - posted on 01/03/2013

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of course spongebob is intended for childen. It is a nickalodeon program. I don't think there is anything inappropriate on spongebob, the adult jokes just go over the childrens heads. eg. when spongebob and patrick are protesting the new super highway dressed like the beatles. What's wrong with that?

Stacy - posted on 01/03/2013

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family guy is far far far worse than spongebob. Family guy is on a much higher level of crude material. I have never heard any parts that it sounds like curse words, let me know if you can think of an instance (ive seen alot of them) anytime I can recall them coming close to cursing is when they are mad and spongebob collapes into himself and makes noises (no words but angry huffs and puffs) and when they say barnicals. I can see the bad manners part, for me though they are so wild and rambuctious its easy for me to overlook.
I dont want to shelter my son either, but at the same time I dont want him to know too much. For me as a kid I didnt know what sex or even drugs were until late middle school. I wasnt sheltered but I grew up in a healthy enviroment away from alot of things. I think its great though that parents are monitoring their kids activities. I know of alot of kids that arnt sadly, and it seems like its just a balance to show them enough to be able to live in the world and know right from wrong, but not so much they get curious and start experimenting with everything. I also know many people that their parents were too strict and didnt let them do anything so they did go the opposite way.

Another fact I also learned about Spongebob from the news yall might want to knw. After watching an episode, it takes 8 minutes for a child to focus back to "real" life. They said from all the other cartoons on TV Spongebob was the worst. I am guessing from were the frames are constantly changing and they move from one thing to another in a matter of seconds, kids have to focus intently on what they are doing.

Toni - posted on 01/03/2013

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I love Spongebob! I dont understand why someone would not let their child watch it.
The only show I will not let my son watch is Yo Gabba Gabba, mainly because it is incredibly weird and annoying, but my son doesnt really like it anyway.

Stacy - posted on 01/03/2013

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lol I guess Im still a kid at heart or its just I grew up watching any cartoons I could, but I sit and watch with him. I think its funny and my son is practically obsessed, I dont let him watch it for more than an 1hr a day, but most cartoons I see arnt bad, but there are def. things i wont let him see. The video games I think are worse than tv showswith all the killing, its really really graphic and alot of the car games I see have prostitution in them, Imma keep him away from those, it seems to me those are more influential on kids than tv shows are.

Lacye - posted on 01/02/2013

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I don't allow my 3 year old to watch Spongebob. I hate the show, the characters are creepy, and I just don't think it is something that my child should be watching.

Cleaver - posted on 01/02/2013

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personally i dont like sponge bob i think its totally stupid and well my son watches the only kid channel we have treehouse it has perfect shows for my 25 month old any time of day (not that we watch tv all day i just know i can put it on anytime)

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