I’ve never been big on cable, or in this case Dish, TV until we moved to the outskirts of town and it was the only option to get any reception. In the beginning, I was excited to see some of the channels which came with the package, like the Disney channel, but after a year of seeing what my 8 year old daughter was watching, I understand now why she is growing up with a bad attitude.
The shows on Disney that I find my daughter watching have no parental figures in them. If there are adults or parents in the shows, they are usually portrayed as stupid, immature, and lacking in any type of real authority. Shows such as Austin and Ally and Shake It Up rarely show parents at all. The kids are running the show and living the good life. The main characters treat everyone─friends and enemies alike─terribly.
Jessie, Shake It Up, A.N.T Farm, Austin and Alley, Good Luck Charlie, Dog with a Blog, Victorious (just to name a few) seem to lack the real-life lessons children actually encounter.. They are a far cry from the shows that used to teach lessons in morality and kindness. Now it is all about rudeness, sarcasm, poor jokes, mean-spiritedness, posturing, and a lack of parental guidance.
I know I am guilty of allowing my daughter to watch these shows and should have stepped in sooner. It is easy to get busy and not give your children the attention and guidance they require but if the TV. is left to raise them, then you’re probably not going to be very happy with the results. I know I’m not. Undoubtedly, there are people out there that will disagree with me about the Disney Channel but for this family it is time to say good-bye to the Disney Channel once and for all.