Sunday, December 27, 2009
We don't allow our three year old daughter to watch much television...she's way too smart for it anyway. However, during football season, we like to watch a good game, either at home or a relatives house. What's upsetting to me, and apparently other parents, is that we can't just watch a football game, we have to see the latest gory, violent or overly sexual movie clip, or commercials for a T.V. show with the same content. It gets annoying having to change the channel every time a commercial break occurs, but we do it for the sake of our sanity and so our daughter doesn't get these images in her head. I now know that we aren't the only ones that have a problem with this. A NY Times blog article discusses the same issue, with a slew of angry parents voicing their concern. One suggestion that I read was great: networks should be required to avoid all commercials that have a rating greater than the show currently being broadcast. I think I'll write/call/email the FCC and give them this idea (not that it would change anything - but maybe it might).