Those of you who know me will know that I am the biggest Disney freak! I love going to Disney World so much, and I love the movies. I hate to say it, but I am very disappointed with Disney now.
My beef with Disney is about the Disney Channel and the questionable morals that I see on the channel more and more frequently. I am not saying that television should ever take the place of parenting, but there’s no denying that Disney stars influence children. Everyone wanted to be Hannah Montana a couple of years ago, and now it’s Selena Gomez.
This isn’t about the celebrities in their off-camera lives. People are human, and kids should not be taught that any of them are role models, but that’s a separate issue. The thing that is really bothering me is the lack of morals in many of the shows on the Disney Channel. It’s not because they are not teaching a moral, it’s because I feel like they are teaching BAD morals.
My son is young so up until recently I’ve only been exposed to The Wiggles which is pretty much the only thing he liked. Recently he’s branched out into watching more things and one of the stations which I thought would be a safe channel to watch would be Disney, little did I know that I was wrong.
There are a couple of shows that I feel are fine for the most part, but one I didn’t like right off the bat was Wizards of Waverly Place. The main character is moody, mean and manipulative, always gets into trouble and rarely if ever gets in trouble for the things she does.
In fact that seems to be a recurring theme in Disney Channel shows. The characters do horrible things and never get in trouble for them. From theft to being abusive to siblings to lying to their parents, all seemingly condoned and laughed off by the parents (who are usually portrayed as idiots by the way). Don’t get me started on the sexual suggestiveness, which is way out of hand. All of this behavior on a network made for kids. I’ve found very disconcerting situations on: A.N.T Farm, Good Luck Charlie, My Babysitter is a Vampire, Suite Life, and Shake it Up.
Sadly, those are probably just the ones I’ve seen.
Some of these shows could be decent and funny. It really makes me sad that Disney, something I love, has a whole channel of shows that I basically don’t want my child to watch because I feel like he will get the wrong idea. Honestly, I don’t know which shows are safe for him to watch because so many of them seem to have the same themes. Yes, themes. The THEMES are about lying, cheating, stealing and being manipulative. If these were subplots in some episodes and then they realized they were doing wrong or got in trouble I would not be writing this.
In an age where it is uncool to have morality, I guess I shouldn’t care, but I do have morals which I try to instill in my son and I do care. I know I can’t be the only one who feels the same. Many parents who’ve taken time to watch this most be pretty disappointed. Shame Disney, you don’t have to teach my kids good morals, but you certainly won’t be teaching them bad morals.