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What the F***! Is This Okay on TV, In Real Life?
Now that I have your attention. The F-word, most of us have probably used it more than once in our lives, but now that we have kids we hope that our potty mouths have a little more self-control, right? But what happens when we slip up or our kids learn some inappropriate four letter words?
On Wednesday’s episode of Modern Family “Little Bo Bleep” 2 year old Lily horrifies her parents when she learns the F-word. This story line caused quite a controversy even before it aired. Despite protests from the Parents Television Council and a student organization called the No Cussing Club the episode aired.
The PTC said, “it was in poor taste and the more we see and hear this kind of language on TV, the more acceptable and common it will become in the real world and adding to the likelihood that children will be exposed to this kind of language and eventually emulate the behavior. “
Producers say the toddler didn’t actually say F***, she said fudge and the show bleeps and blurs the word. They said it’s a very natural storyline that many parents can relate to.
After watching the show, to me they way they presented it was harmless. You didn’t actually hear the word, but watching the reaction on the parents faces was hilarious. At the end many reacted to her f-bomb with laughter. While that’s probably not the way I would have handled it, because it reinforces the behavior, it did make for some funny adult television.
While this show didn’t bother me I do agree with limiting my kids exposure to bad language, and in our house the same goes for violent images or other inappropriate shows on television, but I also think that producers need to be aware of the impact of what they are putting on television, not just for kids, but for society as well.
But what happens when you are the one exposing your kids to the inappropriate behavior?
Have you ever slipped up? I have to admit, my 3 year did say the F-word several months ago. Hmm, where did he get that from? While neither my husband or I are big on cussing, I’m sure we have let a few slip out. When my son said it for the first time we looked at each other with our eyes wide open, not knowing whether to say something or just ignore it! We kind of just smiled hoping that he would stop and never remember the word again. We looked at him like we don’t understand what you are saying. He repeated it several times with a smile on his face until he lost interest.
Since he didn’t seem to know what he was saying we didn’t want to draw too much attention to it. So far it hasn’t come up again. But my fear is that he will go on a F*** spree at school. While I know most teachers would know how to handle it and most parents get it, no one likes to be the parent of a foul-mouthed toddler. Do you have a story to share?