The Impact of Media on Children Essay

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The Impact of Media on Children

Stan, Kyle, Catman and Kenny - four-foul mouthed third graders who abuse each other and find delight in making fun of authority figures. Yet they possess a dumb innocence that makes their bad behavior forgivable to anyone with an honest memory of their childhood. Most parents do not approve of the bleepable expletives that fly out of the kids mouths on ‘South Park’ or the fact that Kenny dies violently in every episode. A lot of people want shows like this to be censored or taken off of the air. Parents try to shelter their children too much. They should let them experience life in the real world and not censor everything that they disagree with.
Some shows can and cannot be shown on television because
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The movie may contain a significant amount of nudity, violence or strong language. NC-17 is not used very often. It does not allow anyone under the age of 17 in the theater (Nesbit).
The television’s rating system is basically the same as the movie’s, except for a few more ratings that get more specific in the show’s content. TVM is put on shows that are intended for mature audiences. TVY means that the show’s content is directed toward children and Y7 is a children’s program that is suitable for children over the age of 7 (Nesbit).
There has been a new rating system put on television lately that consists of S for sexuality, L for language and V for violence (Parker). All of the cable programmers have accepted the new designations except for NBC. They oppose them on the grounds that they would inhibit programmer’s artistic license (Fritz).
One of the main shows that parents would like to get off of the air is ‘South Park.’ The show that has spread like a virus is about four flatulent third graders and their paranormal Colorado town. Some of the past show topics have included anal probes and the alien abduction of Ike, Stan’s younger brother. Parents do not care for the show, thinking that it will corrupt their child’s innocence. One Georgia Mom, Paula Howard remarks, “I don’t care for the disrespect. You have enough smart-aleck children running around without ‘South Park’ making it worse” (Newsweek 58).

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