Being Influenced

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After getting into the show Skins I started reading up about it and I found that, not surprising, a lot of people think it’s a bad influence on teenagers. So…people honestly think that a show is going to influence teens to do drugs and have sex? Because, they weren’t already doing that anyway?

We can’t shield kids from every little thing, have you seen this world? It’s not kind and shit is gonna happen one way or another. I mean, I get that some parents think their children are too young to watch something like this, which makes sense to me but I hate that people think shows like these should not be on tv at all. This is exactly what makes me so sad about this country.

In England, from what it seems to me, they don’t worry about censoring or cleaning things up so people don’t have a hissy fit. If you don’t like something then, you know, don’t watch it. Who really wants to live in a PG-13 world? I know I don’t.

I think if this show had come out when I was a teen I would have been so glad to have something I could finally relate to because let’s face it, there was nothing to relate to with Beverly Hills 90210 other than poor fashion choices. I could have seen that maybe I wasn’t the only 16 year old that questioned everything around me and was depressed. I don’t think tv shows coerce teens to do drugs and get in trouble, I think the world they live in does that.

What are your thoughts?

3 Comments

  1. Manly Man

    February 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Ha! A trailer that shows vomiting on people! Sweet! Wait…I think I was there… If you’re a kid and you emulate bad behavior from a TV show, then your already in trouble. Get a life. Write (or act in) a show with sex and drugs instead!

  2. Grant

    February 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Drugs rule!

    Actually, I think sheltering and denying lead to problems like drug abuse and teen pregnancies, whereas confronting and discussing them may help to prevent it. A friend of mine lives in a rural SC area that has high rates of those things happening, and it seems to happen most with families that teach their kids that you can’t get pregnant until you’re married and keep their teens from watching PG movies because they object to the foul language.

  3. Pauline

    February 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Frankly, I think teenagers are impressionable and influenced by pop culture. But it is up to their parents and schools to stress the importance of critical and analytic thinking. (As well as try to impart some common sense)

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