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The Real World- How Old Should Kids be to watch?

those of you who are parents, how do you handle stuff like this?

Wed. May 30, 3:13pm

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if you child is too young to watch CSI-SVU, then your child is too young for The Real World. lots of drinking, casual sex, cheating on partners, smoking, domestic violence issues, racially motivated hatred. irresponsible behaviour and charged language. at least in the 2 episodes i've had the misfortune of watching.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 3:24 PM

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Is this mindlessness beneficial for anyone, regardless of age, to be watching?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 3:39 PM

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this should be a show, like many others, that you have to pay to watch. it shouldn't even be accessable for free. by having it out there, free, in reruns ad finitum, it is comparable to promoting this sort of dangerous behaviour. much like the general media tend to glorify lost young men & women who are struggling, parentless, while drinking underage and engaging in 'casual' sexual encounters, all the while being photographed doing drugs and claiming that the stories we keep hearing about their partying ways are merely rumors. i'm no june cleaver, but it would be refreshing if she moved back to hollywood.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 3:50 PM

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I disagree. I think the real world is total trash. I was in Austin when they were filming and no one was happy they were in town. I wouldn't let my kid watch Real World until she is 18. Now, CSI I do like. She will watch it with me, there is violence, but it explains things. Real world is just a bunch of dumb college kids. My daughter doesn't watch Law and Order - SVU, I think it's still a little rough.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:05 PM

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what do you disagree with? everyone has said that the real world is b/s.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:10 PM

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Not a parent, but I think it would be more effective to watch it with him/her and point out how stupid all of the people are, how they're wasting their lives, have no jobs, after the show end up waitressing in LA, etc. Just strictly forbidding them to watch will make them want to watch it more.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:22 PM

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i'm a parent and i can tell you from experience that laying down ground rules for what is and what is not acceptable behaviour in my house, while definitely forbidding certain words and ways of expression, works, at least for my family. children need to be taught that rules (laws) exist and are in place by parents (elected lawmakers) for the benefit of and the protection of the family (society). if they feel a need to question these rules, i give them an ear and explain more fully why the rules are in place. sometimes, the rules change, but I AM THE ONE WHO CHANGES THEM after a family conference. personally, i think it's a great lesson to learn that one need not experience everything first hand to know it's dangerous or otherwise just not a good idea.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:34 PM

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at least 16 !!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:50 PM

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My kids are still young, 9, 8, 3, 1 but my 8 year old son is already very interested in watching bad TV and telling gross jokes etc. I think I would be kidding myself if I thought I could keep him from watching shows like Real World. I think prohibiting just provokes their curiosity even more. I guess I would prefer to watch with him and talk about things as we see them. Kids now are bombarded by messages and access to bad things. The only way I really feel I can help is to keep talking about what they see and hear and express my opinions about things. Hopefully in time the message will sink in and they will make good choices.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 4:57 PM

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As a recent college graduate, and a fairly promiscuous and adventurous one at that, I think the Real World portrays people as "worse" than they actually are, and they constantly encourage "bad" behavior, and show it to look cool.

That being said, I enjoy the show, because of the interpersonal relationships and drama that ensue during the episodes, and because it's "funny" to make fun of the people for how trashy they make themselves appear. (Yes, maybe I am a bad person for this.)

However, I never saw the show before I was in college, and I don't think I could identify with the context properly if I had seen it any younger. I wouldn't have had the experience to know that that's not really how most people act when they are out on their own. Sure, it's kinda sorta how some people act, but almost no one is put in the situation where they have unlimited alcohol and no responsibility for 5 months. Even college is not quite like that - sort of, but not quite.

Anyway, unless you explain the context to the child, or they have older siblings in college who they are visiting (and, at this point, I assume they are at least in high school), I wouldn't recommend the show.

That being said, when I was about 10, I wasn't allowed to watch Beverly Hills 90210, and I used to sneak around to watch it anyway, and my parents were very strict! If your kid is determined to watch, find out why. If it's so that he/she can participate in conversations about the show with his/her peers in the cafeteria at school, maybe you should sit down and watch the show with him/her, and try to start a dialogue during the show about what the kid thinks of the show. It may give you more insight into how things are in his/her group of friends too, and you may be surprised by what you find out!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 5:23 PM

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