Cable or Satellite TV for Kids? It's Your Job to Monitor What They Watch.
First of all, why do you have Cable/Satellite TV? Is it because the commercial reception in your home is poor? Is it because you are an avid sports fan and you just have to have ESPN and other such channels? Are you a fan of old movies who enjoys watching AMC? Do you feel that you need to watch the History Channel, or ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, etc.? If you ÃÂyesÃÂ answered to any of those questioned, then continue on with Cable/Satellite TV. However, you need to remember that your cable box is also filled with MTV, VH-1, E!, BET, and other channels that regularly feature graphic SEX messages, images, and conversation. My Cable/Satellite TV suggestions are as follows:
a) Get a box that allows you to control the channels that enter your home and then donÃÂt allow any channel that regularly or even occasionally sends the SEX message into your home. These channels not only include MTV, VH-1, BET, E!, but also the pay channels, including HBO, Showtime, Playboy (hopefully, you had already thought to not have that last one in your home with children!), etc. Also, carefully monitor the shows on the other stations as well, as some of them often contain SEX talk and scenes on an intermittent basis.
I try to never allow my kids to watch a show alone or without my prior knowledge on its content. While this might seem t be a bit cumbersome, these are my kids and I will do anything to prevent them from getting the addictive SEX message. As I indicated before, once your kids get the addictive SEX message embedded into their brains, it can do significant damage to their lives, including, but not limited to problems with their family, homework, friends, and relationships with the opposite sex.
b) Do not allow Cable/Satellite TV to come in to your home! After all, did you have Cable/Satellite TV when you were a kid? As you are the age of a middle school parent, I am sure that the answer is no (Cable TV didnÃÂt get really big until the early to mid 1980ÃÂs). Did you feel deprived? Were you less of a person because you did not have Cable/Satellite TV? Of course, the answer to both questions is also ÃÂnoÃÂ. Clearly, Cable/Satellite TV is not tied to the success of a person, professionally, personally, or parentally! Therefore, if you are unable to lock the SEX-related channels, or if you are unable to monitor your childÃÂs TV viewing, GET RID OF THE CABLE/SATELLITE TV!! Your kids will be infinitely better off and they wonÃÂt suffer a deprivation malady later in life!
By getting rid of the Cable/Satellite TV in your home, you will be allowing your kids the freedom to get more exercise, spend more time with friends and developing relationships, and you will be taking a giant step toward preventing your children from developing SEX addiction that is permeating the youth of our society.