This week I was having lunch with a friend at a local McDonald’s restaurant and as I was eating my nuggets meal, I happened to glance at one of the large screens on the wall. Usually there is some kind of news programme and I don’t pay much attention, but this time there was a nude man going across the screen. I was both disgusted and appalled to see something like this being shown at a family restaurant. There were several children present who should not have been viewing this nudity. If my young grandchild had been with me, I would have covered his eyes and taken him out of the restaurant immediately. I did soon leave but not until I noticed that the parents with the children did absolutely nothing. They looked at the screen but didn’t even stop eating or seem upset in any way.
This really doesn’t surprise me because I have been in people’s homes where children are being exposed to content that is inappropriate for their age. However, it does bother me very much. Children are watching far too many things today that are hurting them and affecting them in a negative way. Research has shown that children who are exposed to adult content at an early age are more apt to engage in poor behaviours such as drinking, drug use, having casual sex, viewing pornography, becoming violent. You can read the following article from Psychology Today that explains in more detail. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content
I just don’t understand why parents don’t seem to care what their children watch. When I was growing up, I was not allowed to watch anything with mature content and I was very restrictive about what my children watched. I knew they would see and hear things in the world outside our home, but they were taught what was acceptable and they knew what was right and wrong. I have actually talked to some parents who don’t think there is any point in bothering to restrict what their children see and hear because they will just learn it anyway in the outside world, so they just give up and don’t even try to protect them. This is a very bad attitude. When children are brought up in an environment that teaches love and respect, they will be able to make better choices when they do encounter things that are inappropriate. Children need a solid foundation and if they don’t have one, their world will crumble and fall.
We need to be responsible adults and help the children around us to become strong and know how to make good choices. They need to know right from wrong and good from bad. This is one tough world to grow up in and they need all the support they can get. Children are a gift from God and they are the future of our world. Let’s start caring for them the way we should.