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?

MammaTJ Sun 31-Mar-13 13:22:37

Not just that, it is the Americanisms that slip in that irritate me.

Closets, daipers etc. I have to keep pointing out that we are English!!


I don't let mine watch iCarly etc either for exactly that reason. The smaller kids stuff is okay,I know Tracy Beaker etc is full of mouthy kids but my children don't seem to pick up the attitude the same way!

Trills Sun 31-Mar-13 13:26:31

YABU to use "American" as the deciding factor regarding whether a TV show is acceptable or not.

YWBU to apologise for telling her off and blame it on the tv, she was being naughty and you have just given her a get out for every naughty thing she does now.

My kids watch all that disney channel crap and are mostly well behaved, they know right from wrong regardless of whats on the tv.

YANBU to ban it though because it is all shite grin

Plumsofgold Sun 31-Mar-13 13:27:42

I love the American shows, I wouldn't be able to choose from Jessie or Austin and ally though.

Tee2072 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:00

Yes, because Peppa Pig is a paragon of correct behaviour....

yellowhousewithareddoor Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:03

We stick to BBC channels. Avoids adverts too.

EllieArroway Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:28

You're entitled to decide what your DD does or doesn't watch. But why ban all American TV - are they all the same? If not, then YABU.

Enfyshedd Sun 31-Mar-13 13:28:42

American children's cartoons are appalling shite vehicles for merchandise anyway. Am currently sat happily with DSS2 (6), DD (10mo), & DP (other side of 50) watching Oggy & the Cockroaches which DP thinks is the best thing ever to come out of France. I'd never heard of it before I moved in with DP, which can't be a bad thing as I had no children before wink

crikeybill Sun 31-Mar-13 13:29:38

I already have. I've blocked every kids channel apart from CBBC. I can't tell you the relief.

They now mainly watch discovery channel tbh. My dd1 has become addicted to storage wars.

Euphemia Sun 31-Mar-13 13:29:50

iCarly has been banned in this house for years. I loathe these programmes where any adult characters are portrayed as idiots, the children cheek them the whole time, and no-one can speak normally to each other.

Viewofthehills Sun 31-Mar-13 13:37:52

Ok, so I shouldn't generalise that much. I really mean whatever channel iCarly is on. I'm just hoping the skybox will die soon.
Missy, believe me, she really doesn't have a get out for any naughty thing she does! It would be too strong to call it naughty anyway, just cheeky, but irritating.
But I do see a relationship between hours of that chanel watched: amount of answering back and wondered if anyone else did!

kinkyfuckery Sun 31-Mar-13 13:38:36

Don't think bad behaviour on the screen is limited to Americans is it?

Sorry naughty was probably a bit strong blush . Regardless of the reasons though she was still cheeky, you shouldn't have apologised. Either that or I am really harsh

Viewofthehills Sun 31-Mar-13 13:40:43

Crikey- I haven't worked out how to block chanels. I have been waiting for the Sky box to die so we can just get freeview.

tunnocksteacake Sun 31-Mar-13 13:42:44

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skratta Sun 31-Mar-13 13:47:26

My children ONLY watch American TV. They love it.

Although we DO live in Connecticut..,

FannyBazaar Sun 31-Mar-13 13:50:31

We don't even have a TV but are under the influence of Dennis the Menace and Horrid Henry. Any suggestions?

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Sun 31-Mar-13 13:53:34

I prefer the US shows to Tracy Beaker, the attitude on that prog is shocking and DD behaviour/attitude is noticeably off when she's watched it.

I rate most BBC shows but hate TB and Dumping Ground with a passion, both shows now banned - Jessie, iCarly etc are highly annoying but tend to have the underlying '

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 31-Mar-13 13:56:34

My youngest sons aged 10 and 7 were watching a super hero cartoon earlier and the females looked like porn stars! Huge boobs, next to no clothes and very peachy bums, then the man and woman started snogging! I soon changed channels.
I now wish I wrote the same of the show down so I could complain.

DieWilde13 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:57:26

Strictly CBBC only here. Ok ish programs and no ads.

hazeyjane Sun 31-Mar-13 13:58:02

What no Phineas And Ferb!!!!

It's one of my (and the dds, ahem) favourite tv shows ever!

Viviennemary Sun 31-Mar-13 14:02:14

It seems a shame to stop the shows. I hate Americanisms. But not sure I agree with banning certain children's TV shows unless they are offensive which they shouldn't normally be.

Viewofthehills Sun 31-Mar-13 14:06:49

I've never had a problem with Tracy Beaker yet, because she hasn't ever wanted to watch it. I think the problem with iCarly is that it has attractive characters she aspires to be like. She doesn't copy The Simpsons for example, although we watch that quite often.
Anyway, now she's well again she is finding other things to do rather than watch too much tele.

MTSgroupie Sun 31-Mar-13 14:17:19

I agree that iCarly and other such American programs should be banned. Home grown stuff like Grange Hill is preferable because it doesn't feature mouthy kids [inserts sarcasm emoticon]

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Sun 31-Mar-13 14:21:04

I agree with others that it's not really the American element that bothers me it's the attitude, Tracey Beaker is bloody awful, and that flaming Horrid Whining Henry.

Phineas and Ferb on the other hand is genius.

peedoffbird Sun 31-Mar-13 14:21:14

Oh no I love iCarly and Victorious! It was a slow burner but it makes me laugh. Fred though. Stabby stab!

Euphemia Sun 31-Mar-13 14:24:04

No way you can seriously love iCarly! Seriously?! Have you seen the one where they go to Japan? angry

Euphemia Sun 31-Mar-13 14:25:09

Grange Hill? Where are we, 1978? grin

ICarly is banned here - dd seems to get even more attitude after watching it

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

Grange Hill ran until 2008.

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.

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!

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.

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

Carly's voice is so annoying !!

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)

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!

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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