Adult characters increasingly making explicit references in front of children on TV, new study says

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  • Jvkswm Rochester, NY
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:18 p.m.

    This is an interesting accusation, but where are the example of this behaviour, and what criteria is being employed by the writer to define "explicit"? This is a rather vague report.

  • Megatron81 Kalamazoo, MI
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    I don't believe this study but then again I don't believe anything that The PTC since they are always wrong. Its parent's job not the government and TV is no worse than what it was 20 or 30 years ago. As for the TV rating system, I don't believe it needs to be tweaked like The PTC says the networks do a good job policing themselves.

  • Spellman789 Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:08 a.m.

    I haven't watched TV for who knows, and thanks in part to the worsening selection of options, but I enjoy the outdoors and people more.

  • jalapenochomper Albuquerque, NM
    Sept. 11, 2018 11:25 a.m.

    Years ago at family reunions I watched my great aunts and uncles clown around with songs and skits. It was explained to me that before television that is what people did. They entertained themselves in their living rooms.

    I and my parents were of the TV generation. Limited use but the culture set what we watched.

    My kids watch and create YouTube, essentially people singing and clowning around in their living rooms. With a Roku these are often broadcast on the family set and terrible content gets quickly passed over. They pick the content. They never watch network TV and even Netflix is getting used less and less.

    Nearly full circle. I expect as the culture continues to degrade we will be more and more on our own content.

  • floridagirl ,
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Not a great article. The sitcoms listed have never been marketed as “family shows.” If he really wanted to make a point, he would have listed shows like “Fuller House,” a show marketed to children & families that is FULL of sexual and inappropriate innuendos. And there are other problems: shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” which is a very adult show, but listed as Tv-pg instead of pg-14 in the ratings system so parental controls will easily include it among options for children. What about “Degrassi” or the fact that Disney shows teach kids that parents are idiots?

    As another commenter pointed out, writing this article as if this were some sort of new phenomenon is silly. It’s been going on since tv began. There are just more platforms to view them, so it’s tough for parents.

    The best thing for parents to do is have conversations w their teens on why a show is not ok. Teach them how to write to platforms like Netflix and use social media to ask for change. Know what they are watching and why. Instead of banning tv, we look for great shows together. We talk about standards, & use vidangel to invite other teens over for movie night. Empower them rather than trying to hide everything.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Maybe try parenting instead of plopping your kids down in front of the tv and expecting sitcoms to raise them?

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:51 a.m.

    This is definitely not new. I watch shows on Netflix from when I was a kid and I'm shocked by all the adult humor I didn't get back then. In fact, if you compared the 80s to today, you'd probably come to the conclusion the trend is decreasing.

    As a sidenote, they list "Family Guy" as one of these family shows-- It is expressly not a family show and has never pretended to be.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 9:37 p.m.

    I issue my strongest possible condemnation to the whole modern entertainment industry that is openly promoting violence and wanton sexuality to even the youngest viewers.

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 8:54 p.m.

    And we wonder why pornography and sexual crimes are so prevalent. Do we have to invite them (these shows) into our homes? Are we turning them off or even watching with our children so we know what they are watching?

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 5:27 p.m.

    "new study" ... "discovered a new trend"

    Nothing "new" here. This has been going on longer than I have been alive. As a child I was oblivious to it. But I primarily watch TV Shows from the 60s, 70s and 80s; and even the shows clearly marketed toward children have a ton of sexual innuendos; jokes, and other remarks by adults.

    Sit-coms especially gravitate toward that because they find it "funny" to make such remarks to children on the presumption children won't really understand. Or, as often as not, the roles are reversed and the adult hems and haws around the subject and then the child comes right out and talks about it (because apparently it is "funny" for children to know more than the adults).

    Yes, even shows like Leave it to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, not to mention tons of cartoons.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 10, 2018 4:38 p.m.

    Is it possible to get a list of these dirty shows. Then I can look up their sponsors and let them know I and others are going to boycott them.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Sept. 10, 2018 3:22 p.m.

    This is the perfect example of why watching TV is a total waste of time. Read a good book, instead.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 3:06 p.m.

    Thank you, Mr. Scribner, for continuing your excellent reporting on this issue.

    None of this should come as a surprise, given the depraved sexual mores of the left. The plentiful examples of actual behavior of those in positions of authority in the entertainment business (e.g., Weinstein, Moonves) are consistent with the programming.