I have a problem with some of the cartoons by
PBS Kids . PBS has some wonderful programming
Curious George is a horrible influence.
As my 3 year old is beginning to speak bits of a second language, I find that he very often goes around the house making noises imitating his favorite character "Monkey Gorge" and just as the Teletubbies aired some years ago and was horrible for toddlers ...
So is the monkey!!! hooting around.
( why not have the monkey do sign language like monkeys can actually do ??? and that would also help the sign language community feel included )
I don't think Any characters that don't know how to verbally communicate do our toddlers any good !!!
I lived in Florida where there are dangerous animals outside .
The Wild Kratts brothers can use facial expressions to teach the children when something is serious and DANGEROUS - instead of always constantly smiling!!!!
especially around alligators!!
SERIOUSLY toddlers will understand a facial expression Change more then fun voices and smiles when warning if dangers!
My child tones in from a one parent home...
and Daniel tiger is constantly speaking of his mother and father.
has anyone questioned why it's necessary to display the same characters and to emphasize so strongly on the mommy and the daddy Constantly, instead of actually giving the child some learning and creativity
it's like a constant smack in the face if you do not have a mommy and daddy or a grandpa.
my child is only 3 ,and I have already seen the look on his face when he realizes that he does not have those family members. (sadness)
I explain diversity but HE'S 3
Can you help by showing diversity..and I don't mean a single mother cat who is dating an owl ... I seen that on the show ..why? because that makes her not single.
Or is single parenthood a disease to PBS ?
As much as I assure him that he is loved and has support in our community.
Can you add characters or address diversity?
Mr . Rogers didnt constantly talk about his family!
He was brilliant.
he told everyone they had a friend ..he told children how things were created.. Some of his friends stopped by and then off they go to make believe world
he doesn't constantly throw it anyones face of a (Mom,dad, or grandparents)
and if you didn't have a mom or dad ...it was Okay you had Mr.Roger's- A friend
I can say personally for my own experience it that is very important to a child that grows up without a mother and father..to feel connected to a character that displays a concern and love and gives education - INSTEAD of a constant reminder of what family members you may or may not have.
Think about your audience ...this is free public broadcasting. In most cases families with mommies and daddies have cable and their children are watching Disney and Nickelodeon.
As to where Free public broadcasting channels will have families from broken homes,poverty, homes,hospitals (orphaned children)
why can't you remember that?
I refuse now ,to ever let him watch the show again as much as he loves it
although I love the way they teach children to deal with their emotions they are also hurting the children that do not have the "average" American family build up .