Hannah Montana versus SpongeBob Square Pants

by beagooddad on April 3, 2009

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A girl from Geetle’s kindergarten class stopped by with her mom for a visit yesterday. While the kids wandered around the house, BAGM and I talked with the friend’s mom.

During the conversation, I learned that she let’s her kid watch Hannah Montana but not SpongeBob Square Pants.

We let our kids watch SpongeBob. I don’t mind goofy cartoons showing goofy cartoon things. After all, I grew up with Tom and Jerry and the Looney Tunes and it only barely corrupted me. That kind of cartoon hijinks is so detached from reality that I’m not worried about it corrupting my kids.

Hannah Montana is a show with real kids. The main characters are in high school. I’ve seen the show a couple times and it is pretty harmless. Still, I always turn it off when it comes on because I don’t really need my 6 year old kids learning what it is like to be high schoolers and dealing with those kinds of issues. Plus, in my opinion, the mix of the real actors and the inability to make them cartoony enough that kids can’t easily recognize that it is make believe is a more dangerous mix than SpongeBobish type of shows.

That’s my two cents anyway.

Not everybody agrees with me. Last weekend, I finally got around to seeing Watchmen. It is a rated R movie that fully earned its R rating. There was male nudity, female nudity, sex, extreme and graphic violence, adult concepts, etc, etc. A great movie in my opinion but one clearly made for adults.

There were about 10 groups of people in the theater and 4 of them had between 1 and 3 kids ranging between 4 and 12 sitting around watching the movie with their dad.

I bet they get to watch both Hannah Montana and SpongeBob at home.

So which would you show would you let your kids watch at a younger age? Hannah Montana or SpongeBob Square Pants?

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