Why are watershed hours on television viewing no longer respected?

WOGIAM By WOGIAM, 12th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/bulrof4_/
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I have noticed that there is an increase in the amount of violence, rudeness and unacceptable adverts being broadcast on television on daytime tv and before the water shed hour of 9pm (In the United Kingdom).
Even the content of children's programmes and adverts for basic products are now pushing the envelopes.

Can "it" be kept decent on family shows and restricted to after 9pm please?

Progammes which are supposed to be educational, fun, humourous for children now include imitations of shooting, fighting, rudeness in different forms as this is proabably one of the reasons, why gang culture and bullying are starting at a younger age in this days and times.

I do not think that feedom of speech, the right of people to express their sexuality, threats from terrorists, is an excuse to turn adverts aired during family theme based programmes, like a cooking show into a forty shades of grey viewing.
A day time and seemily popular advert for Airways chewing gum is one example. I like to watch tv with my children and donot want to feel uncomfortable what may pop in between breaks.

Profits earned by tv channels, should not override basic societal values, as in the long run, it is more expensive for society (governments, families, institutions) to manage the fall out of this seeming inconsequential actions than it is to have prevented them in the begining.

Bill boards are probably worse

Area like bill board, bus, moving adverts are even worse it seems. I want my children to experience and enjoy their childhood without having to have images of naked adults flashing at them from buses and bill boards.

I do not know if i should laugh or cry, when most of my class of 7 year olds all "pout" for a school trip photograph. What happened to the good old 123, smile for the camera.
I am not a prude, but i am a strong believer in the quote that there is time for everything.

Let adults take more responsibilty and do what is right when it is right. Innappropriate and unacceptable materials should be aired when children and teenagers should have gobne to sleep.

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Adverts, Children, Family, Television, Violence, Watershed

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author avatar vickylass
12th Feb 2015 (#)

TV has turned out a box of all what you rightly expressed in your piece everywhere and it isn't by chance. They'll tell us that it's what audiences want to watch, but is it really? I'm not sure. If you have young children, you'd be wise on limiting TV viewing or, as a frind of mine used to do, he'd get the children to study the whole of the following program. If there was one that he didn't want them to watch it, he'll discuss it with them letting them why he didn't want them to watch such programs. It was, I think, a good way to get children to know what programs were good or not and why.

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author avatar Retired
12th Feb 2015 (#)

As regards the 9pm watershed, it is now being widely accepted that it does little to prevent material that might be thought unsuitable for children being seen by them.

Not only do most have TVs in their bedrooms, they also have computers on which they can view downloaded programmes at any time of day.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Feb 2015 (#)

What once would have horrified most of us WOGIAM, now seems to be the new norm in society as a general..
When children as young as five are being taught sex lessons in schools ,
Blessings
Stella><

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author avatar Retired
13th Feb 2015 (#)

Stella, I don't think that telling young children about the differences between male and female is the same as giving them lessons in sex! I am all in favour of inculcating respect for the opposite sex at as young an age as possible.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
16th Feb 2015 (#)

John , I beg to differ .
I knew that people drove cars when I was a tot , but I didn't need to how to do it then until I grew up .
Blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Retired
16th Feb 2015 (#)

Stella, I still think that you are misunderstanding exactly what happens in gender relation classes for young children.

Given the terrible cases of sexual assaults on children that are all too frequent these days, anything that gives a child an awareness of what they need to protect themselves against must surely be a good thing.

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author avatar Carol Roach
13th Feb 2015 (#)

the violence on TV here in Canada has been going on for many decades we get most of our viewing from the U.S.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Mar 2015 (#)

There is far too much violence on TV. and it isn't necessary at all. Blessings.

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