December 26, 2005

PTC Cuts to the Chase: You Are a Bad Parent

Posted by Amanda Toering
Monday October 24th 2005, 11:29 am
Filed under: PTC

At least give them credit for being straightforward about it this time.

From the Southern California Press Enterprise:

On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV hit the airwaves, offering kids the first real sanctuary from adults since the invention of the teenager’s bedroom.

Like its poster-covered, closed-door, music-blasting cousin, the channel provided an escape from school, chores and nagging, clueless parental units.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, MTV is no longer the same teenage refuge it was. On shows such as “Date My Mom,” “My Super Sweet Sixteen” and “Room Raiders,” parents are showing up everywhere.

Yet, surprisingly, their appearance has done little to alter the channel’s content.

To the dismay of TV watchdog groups concerned with MTV’s racy programming, parents have failed to elevate the material to a more mature level.

Instead, parents can be found playing the fool to their prankster kids, enabling their kids’ bratty behavior or joining their kids in their sexually provocative exploits.

Melissa Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Parents Television Council, which monitors sex, violence and profanity in the media, said her organization has noticed the increase in parents on MTV.

“It is frankly pretty disturbing that (parents) have embraced this raunchy culture,” she said. “So many parents out there are not being parents.

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