| Sang Froid wrote:|
| Xamaycana wrote:|
Considering the age-group that SS is intended for it is okay to not explore some issues. Prison, for many families is considered too mature of an issue for young children. I guess, some may say my daughter lives in a bubble because no one in our immediate or extended circle has been in prison.
If we are going to have muppets tackle all social ills-will we next have rape muppet, alcoholic parent muppet, glue sniffing muppet, bulimic/anorexic muppet...? Some things are meant to be discussed on a smaller more personal scale and it's not the job of the media or the government to discuss them.
That said, my daughter does not watch television-only prescreeened DVDs or recordings.
I think one on sexual abuse is a good idea.
sang, im pretty sure there has been at least one on it. i remember having a discussion about children and sex. abuse and someone mentioned it.
so, if it's not the job of the media/gov't to discuss it, who's responsibility is it? what if the child doesn't have parents that will discuss it; would they be left in the dark about it? you can't really say schools since that is part of gov't.
sesame street shouldn't be the end-all discussion for certain issues, but a springboard to talk about them. ideally, parents/caregivers and children watch it together and then talk about things afterwards. you can make the convo as meaningful as you want it, either with a casual mention or a deeper conversation.
i guess i'm having a hard time seeing it from your perspective. yes, you may feel that prison is a mature topic for children (and yes, it can be), but for those that live that reality, it needs to be discussed. for those that don't, chances are they know someone that do.
kudos to you for monitoring what your child watches. sometimes i watch old eps of my fav. tv shows and now i get some of the jokes that went right over my head as a kid