TV’s Provocative Nature: Harming Children’s Innocent Minds

Sex Yeah

“Nothing is provocative anymore
Even for kids
No room for imagining
‘Cause everyone’s seen everything”

Cover for the song 'Sex Yeah' by Marina and the Diamonds.

Cover for the song ‘Sex Yeah’ by Marina and the Diamonds.

Sex Yeah is a song by Marina and the Diamonds and portrays EXACTLY what I am getting at in this blog. We no longer see media as provocative because we are becoming accustomed to seeing half dressed women, hearing dirty songs, and watching inappropriate scenes on TV.

“Nothing is provocative anymore” is true. We are beginning to see it as normal because a provocative culture surrounds us. Shows nowadays can also be deceiving, because what may look kid- friendly may actually be inappropriate. Take South Park and Family Guy (which has an ironic theme song for the content on the show) for example. Both are cartoons, which in my mind correlate with children, but neither of the shows are family friendly.


South Park is rated MA for mature, although it appears to be a decent show with friendly cartoon characters.






Family Guy is rated for ages 14 and up, but again the name and appearance do not portray how vulgar the show actually is.

TV Trouble:

Another problem with the increasing difficulty in finding family shows to watch, is finding family music to listen to. Not only are the lyrics far beyond what a child needs to hear now days, but the music videos are also, very inappropriate. A known example is Miley Cyrus’s video Wrecking Ball.

A UK news source called Mirror reported, “Children are copying the provocative dance moves and sexual song lyrics of pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, with some understanding their meanings by the age of just FIVE.” This is a huge problem we need to address, because not only are the kids getting information that is beyond their age, they are also copying it. These girls are who they look up to and that can be very dangerous at such a young age.

“Research by University of South Australia academic Lesley-Anne Ey found direct links between what children watch on television and how they dress and behave.” Kids are surrounded by media, and being a tech savvy generation, they are going far beyond what their parents know they are doing. Many kids copy what they see and allow the hyper sexuality of media to influence their daily decisions. This is resulting in an unnfortunate End of Innocence, which is an article describing the cost of sexualizing kids with a focus in Salt Lake City.

For more information check out The University of Michigan’s article on  on the the effects of Television on Children.

My Input:

To get a better understanding of how much really has changed in the past few decades, I interviewed employees at Georgia Cancer Specialist, one being a Pastor, to see the variety of opinions. What I found in everyone I interviewed was the same. Most had parental blocks on their TV, they were upset at how much media has changed, and also some believed that TV needed to be better regulated to keep children from seeing things they should not see.

Watch for yourself and see if you agree:






Provocativeness: Part of Daily Life

Elvis the Pelvis

When you think of Elvis what do you think?

  • The King of Rock and Role
  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • A hunk of burning love?
Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s.

Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s

Yes, all of these things come to mind, but do you think provocative? Mostly no, because compared to today he is not at all, but in the the 1950s he shocked America. He aired on a family friendly show called “The Ed Sullivan Show” three times. After his first two appearances parents were uneasy about the way he moved his hips. They were not happy that their children were exposed to this. So, the people in charge of the show decided only to film him from above the waist to, make the “worried adults feel safer and more secure with “Elvis the Pelvis”, while the kids of America could still enjoy watching even “half” of their sworn idol”.

Parents Now

Parents were not only concerened about what their kids then, but they are now as well. In 2008 Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. appeared on the today show to discuss their book So Sexy So Soon. It is a guide for parents who don’t know what to do in this day and age when kids are exposed to so much provocativeness through media.

Newsweek also wrote about the rising problem of provocative media for children titled: Sex and the Single Tween. They commented, “Over the past two decades, the rise of the Internet and social media initiated a dramatic shift in popular culture: Almost everything that could be sexualized has been sexualized, producing a new generation of girls racing toward womanhood before even finishing puberty. The result terrifies many adults: American women, age tween”.

This is a rising problem and will only get worse if we allow it to continue. Famous icons are a huge influence on children as well. One that stands out to me is Miley Cyrus. She began her career on Disney Channel being Hannah Montana. She was loved by kids and a huge role model. Since leaving Disney, she has become inappropriate for any child and even too vulgar for some teens. Miley would not have a good impact on children if they were to continue to look up to her as a role model as she twerks and dances inappropriately on stage. CNN also reported on Miley’s change and brought parents into the question of if they would allow their children to see her perform.

Miley Cyrus's transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

Miley Cyrus’s transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

My Point of View and Slide Show:

Media is everywhere and it is a shame that children are exposed to so many sexual and vulgar images in their day to day lives. I put together a slideshow of a few things I noticed as going too far from: video games, movies, music videos, and magazines. The content is X rated in my book and should be way less accesible to children.

More, More, More

Also a relevant YouTube video: