Saturday, January 29, 2011

Teenagers scare me

So, you've probably heard of the "new" show on MTV, Skins. It's a remake of a British show based on the same topic, teenagers being bad. I had no intentions of watching it, until Headline News kept drilling it into me that is was "SCANDALOUS", "DIRTY", "TERRIFYING". So I did, and I have to say, this show pressed the snooze button multiple times on my biological clock. Kids wearing too little, talking way too much about sex and drugs and alcohol. I was ready to be one of those people who writes crazy emails to networks, DEMANDING that they take off whatever show I find offensive that week.

Then I thought for a second. How are these kids any different than they way we were? There were drugs and alcohol and sex in the late 90's when I was in high school. It was also there in the 80's, 70's, 60's, and 50's. Were we as hot and smart ass as these kids? Nah, probably not. And obviously not every kid is having the high school experience that the kids on SKINS are having, but it's foolish for parents to put their heads in the ground and pretend their kids are any better than they were.

I'm not saying teenagers should be watching this show. The last thing they need are ideas. But let's be real, what could they learn that they aren't already doing?


slow panic said...

with a 12 year old son who is still blissfully naive (and believe me we are watching him ) and sheltered i can't take watching these shows. they scare me. i don't know. he's quiet by nature. been teendom scares me, as a mom

ella said...

I think you are it any different?
Its just that we HEAR about it now. Every stinking detail.
I'll bet things aren't as bad as the media likes to yank our chain into believing. Makes for good TV.