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PostSubject: Is Media Doing A Better Job At Teaching Children Morals Than The Parents Are?   Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:34 am

It's hard to ignore the fact that media is dominant in society, whether it be music, television, video games, books. You name it, it's there. But has this media gone overboard to the point where children derive their morals from what they see on TV instead of their parents?

For this, I'll use personal experience. I've always loved Pokemon, ever since my mom bought me Pokemon Red when I was a young kid. I practically lived on Pokemon. I learned a lot of things from it, critical thinking, morality, friendship. It helped me get through years of bullying during middle school, from my parents tyrannical religious values (aka telling me that everything I did was the devil), and everything along those lines. Even when I became one of the most popular teens in my high school, I still hung out with the same old friends regardless of how "uncool" the simpleton students claimed they were.

From the people who were supposed to treat me and others with kindness, I got none of it. But with Pokemon (and music), I was able to live out those early years and eventually when I got strong enough and popular enough, I was able to show kindness to others and start to break the chain of hatred.

The point I'm trying to make is, parents are doing a shitty job at raising their kids, and they try to censor media because they feel intimidated by its effect on children and teenagers. What do you guys think about this? Do parents just need a large wake up call? When my generation (I'm 20) eventually has kids (don't lump in the teen pregnancies within this), will we do a better job because we don't want to tread down the same hate filled path that our parents did?

Also, for those who are going to complain (oh, kids are just spoiled). So are adults, we're all spoiled. Besides, I'm pretty sure that I wasn't the one at fault, considering my parents (according to my sister) feel like absolute shit about how they treated me as a kid.

Edit: Just as an added detail, my mom divorced my dad because he kicked me in the gut right in front of my sister.


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