Viewer discretion advised…
Is that enough to convince your teen to watch with caution? It seems most of today’s society simply ignore any warnings of viewer discretion announcement.
Reality shows are definitely the trend and there is no denying, they are becoming more and more popular with all ages, but what happens when it involves minors? Toddlers and Tiarras has had much controversary, not to mention Jersey Shore. From toddlers to young adults, when is enough – ENOUGH?
The controversy surrounding MTV’s no-holds-barred teen drama “Skins” is shaking up parents as as as the Parents Television Council (PTC). Just days after the U.S. version of the British teen series first aired, PTC has urged the federal government to investigate the show for possible violations of child pornography laws.
According to the president of PTC, Tim Winter, “You have a major conglomerate, Viacom and MTV, that is directly marketing to children graphic sex, profanity, drug use.”
Seen on the Today Show (must watch video on the sidebar), legal analyst and victims’ rights advocate Wendy Murphy not only sees the PTC’s point, she anticipates Viacom’s defense.
“Their defense is likely to be ‘oh, come on, this is just a television show,’ but that’s not really a defense, because that’s not the issue,” Murphy explained. “The only issue is, are there kids involved who are under the age of 18? That’s it! That’s enough! That’s child pornography.”
For those that have not heard of this new show, Skins is not a reality show, it is actually scripted and the actors are between the ages of 15-18 years-old. They are participating in disturbing acts such as sex, drugs and more. Is this legal?
Let’s hear your opinion. Leave your comments below.
Alexis P. of Ft. Lauderdale commented, “When my 14 year-old son sees a view discretion warning, he continues watching as if it wasn’t there. It is ridiculous to believe that parents are able to control everything their kids are watching and it is a shame people see this trash as entertainment.”
MTV issued a statement on Today Show as follows:
“‘Skins’ is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way,” the statement read. “We are confident that the episodes of ‘Skins’ will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”
Let’s go back to the beginning, who is really reading Viewer Discretion Advised? Most likely, not the kids watching it – those words usually peak the curiosity of most teens and tweens.
Be an educated parent, know what your kids are watching.