Every day, parents make decisions about what is best for their children based on their own taste, values, and style. Television is no different, and discussion over a recent episode of Modern Family has brought that further to light.
The Root editor Dr. Nsenga Burton, Ph.D. makes some good points about the role of parents at the same time as the Supreme Court debates whether the government, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, or parents should have the final say over what their children watch on television.
“I get it — children should not be exposed to everything — but I firmly believe that it is the job of the parent or guardian to monitor what a child is exposed to, not to dictate to a television network what is acceptable for a target audience of adults.”
But it’s not just the young ones to be concerned about, Dr. Burton says: “If you have teenagers, you should still be involved in determining what media programming, including video games — many of which are extremely violent — is acceptable for your household. Parents, not the Supreme Court, should be monitoring television.”