How the Disney Channel Promotes Delinquency

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My kids are starting to get older now which means they shows they have graduated from Little Einsteins and Special Agent Oso and have moved on to Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, Fairly Odd Parents, iCarly, Life With Derek, etc.  I do what I can to watch an episode or two of the shows that my kids like so I am familiar with what they watch.

The typical Disney Dad is Dead, Divorced, or Dumb.  The kids rarely show any respect towards him and they are always smarter and more clever.

The typical Disney Mom is Dead, Gone, or Dumb.  If she is there, she is working a lot to support her family and the kids are left to run wild.  The kids often outsmart her and sneak around without her knowing.

The other adults in the shows are easy to pull a fast one on and are often the butt of jokes.  Teachers, if there are any, are usually mean and strict.  The goal of the kids is to play pranks on the teachers and skip class.

Let’s look at The Suite Life shows.  Twins Zack and Cody live in a hotel or on a ship. Their mom is a singer so she is often busy.  Mr. Moseby seems to be more of a parent to all the kids on the show than any of their parents.  The twins are always getting into trouble and playing pranks.  They lie and are very destructive to the hotel or ship.  When the twins get into trouble, it is no big deal and the punishment rarely holds to the end.

These shows teach kids to misbehave, it is funny to destroy others property, adults are dumb, school is boring and a waste of time, kids always know what’s best, etc.

Sometimes there is an appearance of an adult that the kids like and respect.  Sometimes it is a grandparent or it could be a teacher so it isn’t always every adult that is part of the Disney stereotype.

The common response to these kind of points is, “turn off the TV”.  That is true and a valid point, but it is avoiding the issue.  If everyone turned off the TV, the networks would change the shows and only air programs that parents agree with.

There are still good shows on the Disney channel, but they are targeting toddlers.

The first place to start is to make sure you agree with the shows your children are watching.  If there is any content you do not agree with contact the Disney channel here to let them know what you think.  The page says it is for comments about their website, but the link that brought me there was for their television shows.

Screen the shows your kids watch and let the networks know when you like a show or don’t like a show.

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#1 John on 09.15.09 at 8:58 pm

Natalie loves all those shows. Personally they make me want to drill a hole in my head.

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