To ban American children's TV

(56 Posts)
Viewofthehills Sun 31-Mar-13 13:21:26

DD7 is banned from watching I Carly etc, as she was so cheeky yesterday, and full of back chat. I told her it was not acceptable several times. In the end I said I was sorry, it was obviously not her fault as she had picked up this horrible behaviour from TV, and she was banned. She has been ill, so watching a lot more television than usual.
Is it just me that finds this happens?

Viewofthehills Sun 31-Mar-13 23:22:15

Well, I would hate anyone to think I am anti- American. I'm not at all. I just don't want my daughter to emulate a way of talking that I don't like. (Actually she is quite funny, but I am not about to let her know that) I don't think I have imagined it, it has happened since she has been ill and watching more TV than usual.

My Mum in her day banned us from watching Grange Hill plus ITV, full stop and I was put out about it. So if she stops being cheeky she can have it back, but for an episode occasionally, not to excess.

And thank you all for your opinions smile

FionaJT Sun 31-Mar-13 20:50:06

My dd (8) doesn't like iCarly/Hannah Montana type stuff, watches CBBC out of choice (she hates ad breaks in programmes) but finds Tracey Beaker boring. She is however full of cheeky back chat and stroppy attitude, and I don't think she's learning it from Horrible Histories or Deadly 60! So you may be barking up the wrong tree.

StuntGirl Sun 31-Mar-13 20:36:18

Anime isn't all bad, we watch it sometimes. It's often quite sexist which grates massively but does promote good work ethics, close family ties and respect to elders etc.

I think all in moderation works well. I actually got sick of Hollywood films a while back, as it seemed every film I saw was the same old shit. I actively seek out British and foreign films now, not because I'm pretentious but just because I want to be exposed to as many different world views as I can. I would want to do the same for my kids with the tv they watch too.

Jestrin Sun 31-Mar-13 20:27:31

YANBU We are deluged with American kids shows and imho they are just AWFUL!

SquinkieBunnies Sun 31-Mar-13 19:39:23

We are in the US and Dd doesn't watch any of the shows mentioned. I must be the last home in America without cable or satellite TV. Plain old aerial and freeview for us. So all those expensive marketing shows and cartoons aren't on our TV grin
I watch after she's in bed so see, the Simpsons and The Middle and others, but those are on after bedtime here usually.
Poor kid she's been raised on educational TV She still tries the back chat and drama queen stuff, so I think it may be a child thing not an American TV show thing.

FinnTheHuman Sun 31-Mar-13 17:26:16

And my children do apparently manage to curtail their behaviour even though they watch this stuff. Shit I don't even impose a screen time limit.

FinnTheHuman Sun 31-Mar-13 17:24:42

And The Middle, oh I love these funny American programmes.

But then my son also loves Miranda which is apparently wrong.

But hey, at least we aren't watching flipping Sadie J or Dani's Castle. Even though I do enjoy Tracy Beaker, we love a good cry.

cocolepew Sun 31-Mar-13 17:22:03

My DDs watched American shows for years and managed to be well behaved.

Now they are obsessed with Friends but still watch a bit of Phineas and Ferb, and the rather bizarre Adventure Time.

Popsie3 Sun 31-Mar-13 17:17:24

I have to endure Good luck Charlie and Jessie EVERY day! wink

midastouch Sun 31-Mar-13 17:14:29

YANBU its your tv u decide what they cant watch. My DC only watch cbeebies, (because its the only channel without toy adverts!) i will not tolerate grandpa in my pocket, sarah and duck, rhyme rocket, nina and the neurons, zingzillas and whats the big idea. Not that im fussy or anything but I hate them all!

Wishiwasanheiress Sun 31-Mar-13 17:07:23

If u turn off American stuff u are left with Japanese manga type or dreadful English stuff like waybaloos.

I stick with Disney and Thomas tank. Shows I know. I don't just leave it on for everything to roll past. I know many dont like Disneys feminist or not stances but at least I know dd doesn't pick up bad behaviour as they are very polite.

That she gets from me!

FinnTheHuman Sun 31-Mar-13 17:01:44

No way, could not stand to just be left watching CBBC.

The Regular Show, Adventure Time and Gumball have a fabulous sense of humour. It's a real joy to be look over at your children and then they look at you and then you all laugh like drains as you realise that everybody gets the funny joke.

The sense of humour on CBBC is seriously lacking. Name me a genuinely funny laugh out loud show on there. God, half of them have canned laughter, to remind you that you should be laughing.

Lilka Sun 31-Mar-13 16:52:36

YWBVU to ban TV programs because they're American. And I don't understand the hate for American English. No one minds their children watching subtitled French cartoons but God forbid they see anything in a different English dialect to their own?

I don't like iCarly though. And before that, Hannah Montana. The teenager attitude and cheek rubs off! Tracy Beaker - yikes, bad news all round here. DD2 copies the bad behaviour. Don't like Horrid Henry either. I don't mind the Horrid Henry books funnily enough, just the TV

The Simpsons is great. Barts bad behaviour has no effect on DD2. I suspect beccause as has been said, the Simpsons obviously aren't real people, whereas the tweens and teens on other shows are real and glamorous and so lots of kids want to emulate them

JustinBsMum Sun 31-Mar-13 16:39:38

Surely the Simpsons is good if it's still on - Marj and Lisa come out of it quite well imo.

StuntGirl Sun 31-Mar-13 16:35:49

I don't like a lot of American programmes but I agree, just weed out the rubbish regardless of nationality and watch the good ones. I love Phineas and Ferb but <awaits flaming> am not too keen on the gender portrayals in it. Candace and Isabella fawning over Jeremy and Phineas constantly hmm At least Vanessa has a bit of a backbone I suppose.

bruffin Sun 31-Mar-13 16:29:49

How ridiculous. Never had to ban any tv in our house. We ended up with very polite teenagers because they know what's acceptable. If tv has more influence than family then youve got parenting wrong.

lockets Sun 31-Mar-13 16:28:28

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GreenEggsAndNichts Sun 31-Mar-13 16:25:27

I love Phineas and Ferb, what little I've seen of it. I don't think all American shows are crap, but I'm American so perhaps might be biased. wink I do get what you mean re: smartmouthed teenybopper shows. I find them very cringeworthy, but I'm never sure if I'm cringing because these are the American shows they've decided to export!

As for British TV shows, Horrid Henry is on my hitlist of things which shall never be on my TV. It's been on once or twice and I just find the boy highly annoying. It's not enough to declare war on all British TV over, though. smile

Katie from I Can Cook might be.

dopeysheep Sun 31-Mar-13 16:21:26

Yes her voice is irritating. But she has the crazy ham loving Sam as her mate.
And they have a lift that opens into their living room!

neunundneunzigluftballons Sun 31-Mar-13 16:16:17

Count yourself lucky you have a decent selection of British programmes the Irish alternatives are pretty awful. We get diapers and trash from the Americans and trainers and cupboards from the British all our unique Irishisms will be gone by the time these kids are adddults (that Americiani sm is my least favourite)

stressyBessy22 Sun 31-Mar-13 16:14:36

Carly's voice is so annoying !!

dopeysheep Sun 31-Mar-13 16:01:49

I love iCarly! It's funny. Better than poxy Tracey Beaker.
Haven't seen the Japanese one but did see the Vegas one where they pawn Michelle Obama's spit. She was on the show but she is a bit of an attention seeker.

fedupofnamechanging Sun 31-Mar-13 15:06:05

If we are talking about banning things, I vote for Goodnight Charlie. The kids are fine, but the parents are fucking irritating!

HalloweenDuck Sun 31-Mar-13 14:32:00

Lol, we are completely the other way around in our house! CITV and CBBC are banned as there are only a small number of shows on there that I will allow, Yet we like the American channel as to us the ones we watch, promote good family values, and any other bad attitudes etc are done in such a way they are obviously acted and not acceptable.

MTSgroupie Sun 31-Mar-13 14:31:18

Grange Hill ran until 2008.

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