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Are your kids watching MTV's Skins?

MTV%20Skins.jpgMTV's "Skins"
I haven't seen the MTV series "Skins." Everything I know about it comes from the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group that exists to be outraged. The group recently called Skins "the most dangerous program ever for children."

My gut tells me to agree with the PTC. Although I don't always agree with their dire, apocalyptic warnings about what will happen if my kids see something risque on television, I don't think they're always wrong, either. In this case, it seems the producers of Skins (developed by a father and his teenage son) are intentionally going for the gritty and controversial. Whether it's "pornography" or not, it's competing for your teenager's attention.

I'm not sure what's going to happen in terms of MTV's programming schedule or the PTC's legal effort to shut the show down.

I'm more concerned with whether my teenage girls are going to watch it and think the characters (as described in reviews) are role models rather than walking warning labels.

Not long ago, I said I would let my teens see South Park if they wanted to (an academic admission, considering that they have no interest in the raunchy cartoon series). "Honestly, I think we need to stop pretending that our teens and pre-teens are these innocent, fragile-eared cherubim and start recognizing that when our backs are turned, they hear everything we try to shield them from. And often, they're the ones saying these things," I wrote then. "Yes, we need to worry about what our kids are picking up from television. But more importantly, we need to be sure that we're the ones passing on the values we find important. No television show can do that for us, and if we do our jobs right, no television show can take it away."

Have you seen this show? Have your kids? What are your thoughts? What are theirs?

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About the authors
Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.

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