One of the most shocking channels for terrible behavior is Disney Channel. Some of the 'wisecracking' children are nothing more than rude and disrespectful of their parents and teachers. Guess what? If you allow your children to watch hour after hour of this 'sewerage TV' then they will start to be desensitized to it and start to believe that it is OK to talk to you in the same way, and they will expect you to do nothing the same as the parents on the TV.
Some people say that these TV programs are merely entertainment, that the children watching are no more likely to follow the examples of the characters then they are to follow the examples written in books. This is total BS. If someone watches enough porn then they will see that as normal sexual activity, that has been proven, so what is the difference when a child sits in front of a TV and watches badly behaved kids or violence. It is not entertainment, it is entrainment. It is on a mass scale and it is contributing to the breakup of stressed out families who watch TV which is full of divorce, arguing kids, rude behavior, disrespect, violence and weak authority figures within families.
Here is the question. Would you have the opinions on politics you do without the news on TV? Would you feel the same way about Iraq? Afghanistan? If the answer is no then you probably get your news from other sources such as the Internet. The problem is that children watch an increasing number of hours of content that helps form opinions in much the same way that people form their opinions from the people they meet. The problem is that instead of a wide range of opinions from different people that they meet, they are subjected to an onslaught of the same opinions repeated over and over like some Orwellian mind programming. Don't believe me? Try not having the TV on for 2 weeks, Unplug, and see after 7 days, the difference in the children's attitudes, especially if you supply them with something that stimulates their minds to keep them busy, and I don't mean putting on Disney DVDs!!