A parent’s guide to MTV’s ‘Skins:’ How bad is it?

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I have been hearing and reading a lot about the controversial new MTV show “Skins” and I finally watched it for myself – late last night after the kids went to bed. (They can’t hear any of that!)

I’ll give you a plot summary and my thoughts on it but first a primer on the show and the furor that surrounds it. (Skip the bottom for plot summary if you want that first.)

What’s the gist of the show:

“Skins” is a completely scripted drama. (I say completely scripted because there was a lot of debate about how scripted “The Hills” and similar shows on the network are.) It is supposed to depict what is really going on with teens – drugs, sex, rock n roll, oh yeah and lesbianism.  Unlike many shows about teens, teens actually play the roles, which has caused MTV some problems. (More on that below.)  The show currently airs Mondays at 10 p.m.

So what’s the big deal?

MTV says the content “addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way.” The Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group, says “Skins” may well be the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.” And then last week came the notion that “Skins” may be trafficking in child pornography since many of the actors are 17 or younger.

With that news many advertisers pulled out.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“MTV’s Skins has already endured an advertiser exodus that has seen Taco Bell, Subway, Wrigley, General Motors, Schick Hydro and H&R Block come out against the show. And that defection was evident during the commercial breaks for the second episode of the show on Monday night, which featured heavy rotation of promos for MTV reality series including Teen Mom 2, the upcoming second season of My Life as Liz and I Used to Be Fat.”

“The episode, which centered on the lesbian identity of Tea (played by Sofia Black D’Elia), also featured MTV’s public service campaign against digital bullying. But the most prevalent advertisers by a wide margin were movie studios. There were multiple spots for Columbia Pictures’ Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go With It, the Leighton Meester thriller The Roommate, DreamWorks SKG’s I Am Number Four, Anthony Hopkins’ horror film The Rite, the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown, Millennium Films’ The Mechanic and James Cameron’s 3D pic Sanctum.”

“The second episode also featured multiple spots for hyper-caffeinated beverage Red Bull and acne treatment Zeno. Gaming companies, known for following young audiences in spite of controversial programming, were represented by a single spot for PlayStation’s Dead Space 2. But there was a telltale sign of the well-documented advertiser defection from Skins: multiple direct-response ads for Celtrixia, a topical cream that purports to banish stretch marks.”

As of week 2, According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The show attracted only about half the total viewers it did from its premiere last week.”

“Skins‘ second episode Monday scored 1.6 million viewers, compared to 3.3 million the previous week, one of MTV’s biggest series debuts ever.”

“Among viewers in MTV’s key 12 to 34 demo, it drew a 1.6 rating. For its premiere last week, Skins had a 3.4.”

So did parents intercept their teens and not let them watch or did the teens simply not think it was that good?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“MTV usually loves controversy to swirl around its programming, but with the new show “Skins,” some network honchos are worried they may have gone too far….”

“Officially, the network is sticking to a statement that it has ‘confidence [‘Skins’] will continue to connect with the audience it was created for and that advertisers will take advantage of the opportunity to reach them.’ ”

“However, a source inside MTV said Wednesday, ‘It would have been far simpler if we had found older actors who look like young teens, just to avoid some of the legal problems we may face.’ ”

“Already, upcoming ‘Skins’ episodes have been somewhat toned down, with hopes of both keeping its target audience of 12- to 34-year-olds while luring back those lost advertisers.”

So what actually happens in an episode of “Skins?” Well I watched it last night so you wouldn’t have to and here’s what I saw that might concern a parent (I’m leaving out less important parts of the storyline.):

First, I would like to point out that although the show airs on TV at 10p.m., I had to fill in my birth year to watch it on the computer. (Because kids would never make up a fake year, and how old do you have to be to access the show? And why do you have to be a certain age on the computer if anybody who’s awake at 10 can watch it on TV?)

3 mins 36 sec in: We see girl strip down, girl take mysterious blue pill, girl leave house in very large winter coat, girl go to bar with fake ID, girl brings home girl and seemingly have sex in her bed. (Where is the parental supervision? They showed the parents yelling at her coming in and saying good-by to her when she left. Hey parents here’s a tip, always ask to see the outfit under the big winter coat.)

Next morning, girls make lots of jokes about “eating.”

9 mins in: Guy asks girl to tell classmates she’s having sex with his friend because he’s embarrassed he’s a virgin.

(I gave up on noting the time.) Then pressuring the lesbian girl to show her boobs at the football game.

School counselor/teacher made out to be a loser.

Drinking airline bottles of booze at school in the hallway.

Parents not listening. Girl talks to senile grandmother. Girl masturbating. (Grandma watches her.)

Creepy other Dad checking out the girl.

Smoking and drinking (looks like vodka! not beer or wine coolers!) on a merry go round in a playground.

Girl tries out what appears to be painful, and quick sex with a guy.

Grandma tells her about her lesbian love.

Best I can tell a scary drug dealer looking for his drugs that were stolen approaches girl at her house.

At end of show girl hangs up on both boy and girl she had sex with that week and dances to some music.

The best thing I can say about the show is they have some great music and what I think is shag dancing – but I can’t imagine kids across America are doing the shag. The acting is great but I wouldn’t want my kids watching it, and I wouldn’t watch it because it would only depress me about what my kids may face in the future.

It was definitely explicit about what was going on even if you didn’t see boobs or genitals per se. You knew what they were doing.

So that’s the skinny on “Skins.” Have your teens watched it? Have you watched it? What did you think? Should they have used actors over 18? Should they tone it down? Does it promote those types of behaviors? Will it influence teens to do these things or is just reflecting what they are already doing?

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ASHLEY

January 27th, 2011
2:49 am

I am a mom of a sixteen year girl and seventeen year old boy.Yes.They did watch SKINS.But with all the contraversy just before the first episode I confonted them about SKINS they both were looking forward and excited the show was premiring within an hour.I asked are alot of yall friends watching they replied” yeah”.But after hearing about the PTC stuff I decided to watch the premire in my room as they both watched it in theirs.my thoughts on the first episode was it was ok.my kids thought the same thing.Now as for this past monday episode…..I STRONGLY URGE THAT NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 15 WATCH SKINS. My opinon of monday night episode was that it was emotional,and compelling I think it was worth watching.As for my kids one said Tea is awesome and cnt wait til next weeks episode,the other said “stunning,incredible,and attractive.We did address issues in the show and talked about SKINS together. In my opinon as a parent of as a parent of a 16&17 year old I do advise that fellow parents let there TEENS watch SKINS. because it really gets in depth look at teen life today and the issues teens face day in and day out. “MTV THANK YOU FOR MAKING A SHOW LIKE THIS”. Skins really drew me in.

Reality

January 27th, 2011
3:56 am

Hello every American parent out there, this is reality just checking in with you…….I am an 18 year old freshman in college who happens to DESPISE the american version of skins, as i have watched the United Kingdom version of the show. Skins U.K. is MUCH more graphic than the U.S. version, depicting drug use, using profane language openly (not bleeped out), depicting sex scenes (not nudity downright, but you see them engaging), heavy alcohol use, and other things that people in America deem to be taboo. That being said, I am not some abomination for watching the show and to be used as an example of a bad kid. I’m quite the opposite. I work 2 jobs, one as a licensed nurses assistant, and also at a sports shop. I am a nursing student, and was just placed on my college’s deans list for fall semester for having straight A’s. Now to the real point. In the U.S., we have an attitude that seems to exclude from our thought process the real facts of life. The things that teens go through every day and are interested in, parents try to censor. Alcohol, drugs, sex, and self-harm are every day facts of life for us, and it is what we are interested in because it is what we are surrounded by. By you trying to stop your kids from watching this show, if you do, you will be making them feel alienated by not allowing them to identify with their peers on the show and in real life. This sheltering that we do to kids in America is truly the root of MANY problems. We condemn drinking below age 21, only for kids to binge drink the second they hit college. We condemn sex for teens, only to turn around and have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, as evidenced by this scholarly article by Guttmacher Institute (http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/05/1/gr050107.html). Our condemnation of “taboos” in the United States does not help us solve problems, it in fact creates them. American teens are much less obedient and much more rebellious than any other society, and this is due to the stranglehold that is placed on us by government and parents. It is time to wake up and realize that all that is done to shelter us, in the end is what leads to our issues like binge drinking, something that we identify with, and can see on the show. Now I’m sure anyone who is reading this far has been saying things like “No, my kids do not binge drink, they do not even drink at all.” That could be true, but I challenge you to search closets in their entirety, under beds, behind furniture in your teens’ room, I’m almost certain you’ll find something, somewhere, that points to drinking. Maybe your teen will say they are holding it for a friend, that they shared a large amount of it, or that they have had it for a very long time. I assure you, they’re only trying to lessen your anger. The next time your teen is spending the night at Suzy’s, you might want to check for yourself. Or maybe they are in your basement right now drinking, and yes, we teens do have the audacity to sneak alcohol into your house, even when you’re awake right up the stairs. Basically what I am getting at, is that this is real life. Drugs, sex, and alcohol are real life problems in America, and they are dramatic ones. Everything is dramatized because the fact that we are sheltered from it. The show skins is not some show that is trying to drag your teen down a dirty path, it is simply the real life situation that they go through every day. It is surely not meant for an audience younger than 15, and I would say some 15 year old are not ready to watch it, but certainly 16 and over is acceptable and mature enough to handle these issues. In essence, parents need to realize that they are living in denial to believe that their teen is not experiencing these issues, and to deny them the right to identify, is to deny them the right to make decisions in a responsible manner, and we perpetuate the identity crisis in America, as well as our binge drinking, and teen pregnancy epidemic. And oh yeah, lets just say again, Skins U.K. is 10x more graphic, and they have 10x fewer social problems….

Realize the Value of Skins

January 27th, 2011
4:09 am

ASHLEY!!! I commend you as a parent for realizing that the value of the show lies in its ability to relate to the teens in an in-depth way, and if discussed with a parent can be tremendously beneficial. You are the type of person who clearly has a very open and honest line of communication with her kids, and that is awesome. Many parents would just forbid the show, and that is just ignorance leading to a teens further interest in the topic. The more it is covered up, the more they dig at it, it is just the way teens are.

Jeff

January 27th, 2011
6:58 am

By the time your child hits middle school, your ability to influence their morals is over. At that point, there are too many other influences pulling them and, at that point, you have to trust the morals you have instilled in them to pull them through. You can imagine what your influence is like by the time they reach high school.

How come...

January 27th, 2011
7:55 am

…when I was in high school girls didn’t act that way…

Enemas for Christmas

January 27th, 2011
8:03 am

Really? TV? Try reading a book. I still can’t believe people get their jockeys in a wad over what is on TV when they have the ultimate power….The off switch.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
8:03 am

Reality,

I’m a US parent married to a UK parent and we currently live in the UK …….. We don’t know what in the world you are going on and on and on about. There is a lot of teen pregnancy over here. As for binge drinking, obviously you have never visited here. One of the main problems in this country is binge drinking by teens through to the mid twenties. During the weekends people are falling all over the town centres, vomiting in the streets, clogging up the A&E and engaging in fights. I can also guarantee that my teen son is NOT drinking, taking drugs, engaging in sex or self harming. I have been through his room, his ENTIRE room, because he seems to feel that cleaning it is a form of punishment. The worst I have found is a rotten banana, pile of chocolate powder (school cooking ingredients that escaped and was too much of a bother to clean up) and something in a plastic bag that was green, slimy and slushy and that to be honest I didn’t want to identify

Georgia Mom of 5

January 27th, 2011
8:27 am

Thank you Sandra. That was refreshing perspective. I do not by the excuse “everyone else is doing it” or “you have no influence so just get over it.” Being a parent is tough. But its fun and rewarding and I love it. This show is gross, just like many of MTV’s shows. Its vulgar for the sake of vulgarity. I don’t think it was educational. I think there is a value to the dialog with your teen regarding this show. There isn’t anything they haven’t seen on there. But I think there are more valuable things to do with your time that watch trash T–and this is trash. There is NO breaking story here. So I subscribe to the same solution another poster mention: the off switch.

Techmom

January 27th, 2011
8:44 am

I actually looked up the show yesterday online to watch it since I missed it on live TV. My son is 15 and did not watch it but a bunch of his friends posted comments on FB about being excited it was on. My husband and I also work with the youth at our church so we try to stay aware of pop culture stuff simply so we know what’s going on, what kids are watching, what they’re talking about, etc.

Going to try and watch it before I make additional comments…

Ω

January 27th, 2011
8:50 am

“I still can’t believe people get their jockeys in a wad over what is on TV when they have the ultimate power….The off switch.”

+1

I ♥ Cereal

January 27th, 2011
8:51 am

Meh.

Sounds a little bit exaggerated.

ajaylove

January 27th, 2011
8:54 am

I had never even heard of the program before all the hub-bub recently. I watched the clip you had up and all I can say is YUCK. Why anyone would want to watch it is beyond me. My DD is only 7 so there is no way I want her exposed to this. For older kids (16+) I guess it would be okay as long as some time is spent dealing with the potential physical and emotional outcomes of engaging in these behaviors at such a young age. I guess the bigger concern is for the highly impressionable “tweeners” and middle schoolers, that may try to act out some of this stuff b/c they think it is cool when they really have no clue about what they are opening themselves up to.

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mom2alex&max

January 27th, 2011
9:01 am

I haven’t watched the show, but I have a question: I used to watch Beverly Hills 90210 when I was in school (the “kids” were the same age as me in the show and I though that was the coolest thing EVER!). Is this show much worse than 90210? I remember kids having sex (although not openly, you knew they were), they dealt with a pregnancy scare, with cheating, suicide, etc. Is skins worse?

DB

January 27th, 2011
9:04 am

I do not understand the fascination with filth. I was reading a blog yesterday on liberalism vs. conservatism in today’s science fiction and fantasy writing, and ran across an amazing turn of phrase regarding the Hollywood entertainment machine: “The hell of it is that the film industry appears to be run by cocaine-addled, malignantly narcissistic popinjays.” They produce sensationalist crap like this and try to pass it off as “real life.” It may be real life for Hollywood, but I can’t help but have the feeling that it’s not “real life” for the majority of kids who are decent kids — they go to school, they might have a job, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink and they generally come home when it’s curfew time. I do not live in Lake Woebegone, but I know my kids — we talked constantly when they were in high school and talk quite a bit even though they are in college, and I know that they did not have sex, drink or smoke or use drugs in high school, and they weren’t at a “party” every weekend. Don’t tell my I’m naive — you don’t know my kids, and you don’t know me or my family. I know this with a sure certainty. We talked constantly — at family dinner, over breakfast, at night before bed. I knew my kids and what they were doing. That was my job as a parent.

Kinda like “Secret Life of the American Teenager” (apparently, no one in that show actually goes to class in high school, they stand around the halls talking about who is having sex). — my daughter and I were watching it one night, and I asked her, “So, do you guys go around school all day long talking about who is having sex with who?” She rolled her eyes and started laughing. “As if anyone would actually admit they were ‘doing it’!”

Just because something is on TV doesn’t mean it is “worthy of dialogue,” any more than a bag of rotten garbage needs to be discussed ad nauseum. Trash is trash, garbage is garbage, and to dignify some soft-porn show on MTV as something that reflects the “reality” of today’s teenager is about as accurate as calling the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” typical Atlanta housewives. The danger in all this is that when kids, especially, are told that this is “reality”, they start to not question the sly, “everyone is doing it” — because, by golly, it sure does SEEM like everyone is doing it, at least on TV!

Phooey!

justmy2cents

January 27th, 2011
9:08 am

@mom2 It is a little more “in your face” than 90210 was, but of course that was “racy” back in the day.

I agree the show is trash, but there are some elements of reality in it. Working in the school district is a huge eye opener, especially in the middle schools. Yes, they are having sex in middle school. Yes, they are drinking, and some are doing drugs as well. Yes, they are having sex IN SCHOOL in the bathrooms. They have foul language and pretty much act like animals in the hallway. I realize it is not ALL kids, but there is a LARGE percentage that act this way.

Regarding the lesbian factor…whether you are aware of it or not, being bisexual is all the rage for girls these days. Why? I have no idea, but it is very prevalent.

My kids are too young for this show, so no they will not be allowed to watch it. You don’t have to turn the tv off, but one would hope you are responsible enough as a parent to block channels like MTV.

Cammi317

January 27th, 2011
9:09 am

We do not have cable, therefore I do not have to be concerned about my 13 y/o watching. The UK version is on Netflix, however she would not dare watch anything on Netflix that she knows I would not want her watching because it would pop up as “recently viewed”. If she goes over a friends house and sees and episode, so be it. That’s not within my power, but what is within my power is what comes into my house and what she is exposed to on a regular basis.

JATL

January 27th, 2011
9:18 am

@TWG -your children aren’t teens so they don’t need to watch it! I am constantly flummoxed over the outrage people feel about what teenagers are watching. Really? They’re TEENAGERS -with parental approval most have been watching violent and often sex-filled movies since they were 9 or 10. If a parent doesn’t like it -don’t let them watch it. Put a block on MTV if you’re that concerned. The show is for TEENS not 9 year olds, and if you think that doesn’t sound like an unfortunately accurate prediction of a gigantic chunk of modern teen life, then you are sadly mistaken.

As far as the Parent’s Television Council -they are a VERY conservative organization, and basically call for the censorship of ANY show depicting homosexuality or masturbation in a positive light. You ask “Where is the parental supervision?” regarding the girl going out naked under a coat -well, the television is in the parent’s own home, so if they don’t like the show – why is it being viewed in their home? We could use a lot more parental supervision in our society, and that’s precisely why shows like this aren’t lying about a lot of kids.

I was reading trashy novels like “Lace” and “Princess Daisy” when I was 12 and 13 -and both contain graphic passages of lesbian love scenes as well as straight sex, rape and a variety of other adult topics. “Lace” was enthralling at the time because it centered on teenage girls at a boarding school who were near my age. It still didn’t make me run out and get drunk and start having lesbian sex or sleeping with every guy I met -that waited until college ;-) Seriously though -I didn’t do a lot of things because of parental supervision. I watched and read MANY things that were honestly not intended for 12 and 13 year olds, but my parents did keep tabs on me. They also started when I was born actually BEING parents and instilling some ethics and morals instead of basically ignoring me while going on with their own precious lives. Bottom line -TV shows aren’t going to do anything to your kid if you are truly being a parent. You can blame “Skins” or whatever on the way your child turns out, but you need to look more closely in the mirror.

mom of 3

January 27th, 2011
9:25 am

All I have to say on this subject is I would hate to be rearing a child in the middle to high school age group right now.
Good luck to all you parents – you do your best and that’s all you can do and pray (if you believe in prayer).

SayWhat

January 27th, 2011
10:03 am

DB, you hit the nail on the head. I agree completely. Not all kids are this out of control. Some actually have morals and self respect.

Dear Sandra, Sincerely Reality

January 27th, 2011
10:04 am

I never said that binge drinking and teen pregnancy were not issues in the UK for I am certain that they are. In the U.S. we have higher rates of teen pregnancy and higher rates of self harm/suicide, while you still hold the title for higher rate of binge drinking, although only by about 4%. The difference between the society’s of the U.S. and pretty much the rest of the world, is that we are far more sheltering of our teens. Parents shelter their children from topics that are “bad” but it has a reverse effect of making their teen more interested in figuring out what they must be protected from. And I am not saying ALL teens engage in these activities, but “justmy2cents” is completely right when s/he says a LARGE percentage act this way. Your son may not be, and that is good for him and your family, but you may also have not caught him yet, I drank for 2 years before I was caught for the first time, granted I rarely drank, and not more than 3 drinks, but still, for two years I was undiscovered. As for the other topics such as drug use and self harm, I have not engaged in these acts personally, but have been exposed through my peers in high school. As as far as the “everyone else is doing it, why not me?” idea, I do not subscribe to that! I make my own personal decisions, and I have turned down many many many things that the majority of the group was engaging in. All in all, I am saying that parents should not try and sensor what their teens watch because it only drives their curiosity further.

fred

January 27th, 2011
10:09 am

OK, Love the UK version of the show, am tivo-ing the MTV version. Dont want to sit through 24 minutes of commercials to watch 36minutes of show. I work in a small school (500 students) and this is what we have encountered so far this year. 5 cases of Marijuana usage (1% of students) 12 drinking at school (2.5% of students) 4 girls pregnant (almost 1%) we have at least 2 active gangs in the school composed of about 20 students (4% of the students). Keep in mind that these are only the students that we have actively caught. Just yesterday we found a large bottle of alcohol in a student bathroom trash. And we are considered a rural middle class school. The kids that have gotten in trouble have come from all socio economic back grounds and races. These are problems across the board. Please do not think that this is not happening in your area. If you only knew what was going on in schools and in your own homes (kids are not afraid to tell us) you would be a little bit less trusting of your own kids. the parents that can not admit that their student was taking part in drinking at school even when th4e student has admitted it are almost comical in their denials. No matter how open your dialogue with your teens I can almost assure you that they do not tell you everything. Did you tell your parents everything that you or your friends were doing? I did not.

SuwaneeMommy

January 27th, 2011
10:16 am

I’ve seen both the original British “Skins” and the poor American (actually Canadian) imitation. My impression is that the British version had a lot more focus on the interaction and relationships between the characters. The MTV version seems to be focused on the thrill the viewer will get seeing these “kids” doing all these bad things (drugs, drinking, seduction, decline of morals and anything else you can think of). It reminded me of that movie “Cruel Intentions”… but far more vulgar and explicit. Just focusing on being in-your-face.
The acting is terrible, the situations and dialogue are laughable and it’s like one big teen-age fantasy. If you’re out of high school, it’s probably not going to appeal to you.

april

January 27th, 2011
10:21 am

Sure if a parent is going to watch this once or twice w/ their teen or pre-teen to open up a conversation about what they may be facing in real life…maybe although there are many other avenues to take. My concern is that MTV has responded to this contraversy stating it is actually geared toward an adult audience SO my question is: Why do adults need to watch an on going show with minors (whether the cast be actual minors or adults depicting minors) having sex? It sickens me that shows like this (all in te name of greed fame and fortune) takes away from our continued work to protect our children/teens from child pornography, sexual preditors and the like. It is not just a contraversy about religion or morals but come on do we really need a show like this to be able to open discission w/ our kids or to be more aware as parents? I sure don’t and ask my kids I am probably more open in discission than they’d like me to be yet they know they can come to me with any question or concern and often do!

Fred, thank you! Sandra, this one is for you as well!

January 27th, 2011
10:22 am

In my graduating class of 247 kids, 8 were pregnant, 3 were kicked off of the lacrosse, team, 1/4 of the soccer team was suspended, and countless other instances in which disciplinary action was taken. One party was even busted by the police and around 30 of my peers had to participate in an alcohol education program to avoid a court citation. THIS IS HAPPENING TO YOUR KIDS. No matter how much you talk to your kids, they are not telling you everything because they fear your punishment. You are truly ignorant to think that your kids are not or have not ever drank. I will still say though, I know a couple of my friends that have never drank, so your kid COULD be, but most likely is not. Sandra, you would be frightened to know just where alcohol may be hidden. Check the basement, check outside the house, if you have a shed that is an excellent hiding spot. If your teen has a car check the trunk, smell the inside of water bottles. We even used to go as far as to hide alcohol under the porch of houses in the neighborhood. You’ll probably say that your kid would never go to these lengths, but im sure he is, or will before he graduates. And you would be right to say that I have no right to say these things because I do not know him or your family….but one thing I do no, is that he is a teenager, and we will do almost anything to get what we want.

JJ

January 27th, 2011
10:36 am

Nothing on MTV is worth one minute of my time. That network is trash, pure trash. Way back when, it was something good, showing all the great videos. Then the 90’s hit, and it has been down hill ever since.

I couldn’t even tell you what channel MTV is on on my Charter service.

RJ

January 27th, 2011
10:39 am

@Reality, you sound 18. We parents are not as in the dark as you may think. I talk to my kids constantly. I know I won’t know everything, which is why I go through their twitter and facebook accounts, and even then I won’t know everything. They’ll make as many poor decisions as I did as a child. That’s part of growing up. I didn’t try to stop my 16 year old from watching it. I didn’t watch it the first week but I asked her about it. She said it was just about a bunch of white kids doing drugs and having sex. Big deal. In her words, she sees that at school already.

I also have a 12 year old and I would stop him from watching it. First, he is extremely immature (probably because he’s a boy) and secondly, it’s not age appropriate. The reality is that he may still see it. I can’t control everything that he sees or does, but I CAN control what goes on in my house. There’s a time and place for everything. I don’t believe in sheltering kids about the sex, drugs or alcohol. I believe in having real conversations ALL the time. My parents didn’t. They didn’t know HOW to discuss these things with us. I try to be different. But I’m real…they’re still gonna mess up.

RJ

January 27th, 2011
10:42 am

Oh, after reading my post I feel the need to clarify. My daughter stated it was about white kids, but she sees it all school already with black kids.

Techmom

January 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Just let the first two episodes play through on my other computer while I was working so I didn’t catch everything but enough to form an opinion I suppose… so, the clips, just like with movie trailers, capture the really outrageous segments of the show. Other than the lesbian scene depicted above, most of the scenes are not that graphic. Not excusing it, just stating. Not that you don’t clearly know what’s going on in the other scenes, it’s just not in your face as much. I think this show is taking the most outlandish things that might happen in an entire school and applying the incidents to all of about 6 kids.

I honestly don’t think the show is *that* bad when compared to movies and other shows that most high schoolers are watching now days. Again, not that it’s completely appropriate, I just don’t think it’s that shocking for the average high school student. This show is completely inappropriate for any kid in middle school. I do think that MTV could put a spin for the positive on this show if they did like they do with 16 & Pregnant/ Teen Mom and have commercials and clips regarding how NOT to do these things, how to avoid these situations, who to go to if you are in a situation that is out of control, etc. so that it’s a deterrent and not an advertisement for these behaviors.

Young@heart

January 27th, 2011
10:51 am

I wanted to see what all the news was about…recorded it and was going to watch with my Teen sons….I didn’t even make it through the opening Dialog of what was going to happen in the show and said “oh He!! No” If that is reality even a little bit that is exactly what I am keeping away from my boys….Reality will hit them soon enough and I hope if I shelter them some, they won’t be desensitized and will be shocked by this behavior and run the other way. Possibly able to grow up to be Men who don’t let their children act that way or engage in those activities….this is where helicopter parenting will pay off! Why would I want my teen to think its ok to be friends with people like that?,…..Stay away is what I say and don’t bring em home either.

HB

January 27th, 2011
10:51 am

Haven’t seen this and don’t plan to (don’t pay for MTV at my house), but to me what’s most interesting about this controversy is the age of the actors. Personally, I don’t care if the content offends me or not — if it does, I turn it off and suggest others do the same. I wouldn’t push to have anything taken off the air because of content and don’t feel we need to work hard to protect viewers — they can protect themselves. I do wonder, though, if there should me more regulations/laws to protect child actors. At what age should actors be allowed to portray these acts? Even if 90210 were as racy as this back in the day (doesn’t sound like it was, but just for argument’s sake here), were any of those kids actually kids?

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
10:51 am

It’s a British right of passage to portray themselves as superior to and above all things American. It’s the only disdaining thing about their culture to me.

Also, Europe is the most-racist place on Earth. Their enlightenment ends when it comes to diversity.

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Please excuse me if I don’t take the advice ASHLEY. She sounds as though she was knocked up as a teenager, having a 17 y/o son & 16 y/o daughter. Her children are probably loving having a best friend rather than a mother. Often times it is either the extremely strict or best friend “parents” that have the problem or morally inept children. I especially love her sophmoric line at the end … “Skins really drew me in”.

Congratulations on your upcoming grandchildren ASHLEY. The numerous compliments you will get regarding what a young & sexy granny you are should do wonders for your large ego!

what's best for kids?

January 27th, 2011
11:05 am

There is no way in H3LL that I would let my kids watch that tripe. Call me overbearing, call me draconian, call me crazy, but there is no chance that my kids would ever watch it. period.

Becky

January 27th, 2011
11:07 am

My two aren’t old enough yet to worry about this..I’m sure that when they do get to be teens, I will have something just as bad to worry about..

@Fred, thank you! and Sandra..You are so right as to where kids will hide drinks..My great neice lived with me and the ex..She was 14 & I received a call from her school to come get her..She had been drinking in the bathroom..Floored me as I didn’t drink and didn’t know where she had gotten it..She had found some liquor in hte very back of the cabinet and had it in a hairspray bottle..??

Hey RJ

January 27th, 2011
11:07 am

Everything that I’m saying is exactly in-line with what you just said….you have conversations, yet you know you wont know everything, but even still you’re not going to stop her from watching it, and you know that she will make mistakes. And obviously you’re not going to let a 12 year old watch the show, 12 year olds are surely not ready for it.

dawgfan

January 27th, 2011
11:16 am

It doesn’t sound like this show is particularly shocking or in anyway pushing envelopes that haven’t been pushed a million times over before. I don’t think most teens do the things that are done on that show and I don’t think its the end of civilization as we know it because MTV airs the show. Its just a freaking TV show. Good grief. If teens are copying things they see on that show they have horrible parents and would do stupid things anyway. I started listening to gangster rap as young as 11 years old but I have never shot anyone or smacked a hoe. Even at such a young age I knew those things were wrong. All this paranoia about the dangers of popular culture is as old as time itself and the biggest pile of crap in the history of the world.

Thanks.

Contractor

January 27th, 2011
11:18 am

I’m 26 years old, and have had my fair share of partying and such, but this show is beyond stupid. Their comment is something like “the way real teens lives are in America”. I don’t know anyone that did half the stuff this show displays. Parents need to step up and get their kids away from this garbage. It’s one thing if you sit there and watch it with them so you can talk with them about it, but another to just let them sit there each week alone and watch this stuff. Soon, it’ll start to transform their lives to the way these actors are acting, but they don’t know the difference. The same goes for Jersey Shore. I watch it, but to make fun of these morons who do act like this up North. None of these people have a life after this show, and will never contribute to society in a positive way, unless you think orgies, drunk in public, and one night stands is a positive light to society. Parents just need to step up and set forth some authority. Too many kids now a days do as they please and show a ton of disrespect to the parents that get them through daily life. People just need to grab their kids and show them who’s the dang boss, and make them better people instead of druggies and slackers like this show portrays. The future of this country will continue spiral downward if life mimics these shows.

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
11:30 am

ASHLEY says … “My opinon of monday night episode was that it was emotional,and compelling I think it was worth watching.As for my kids one said Tea is awesome and cnt wait til next weeks episode,the other said “stunning,incredible,and attractive.”

ASHLEY you are the coolest mom in the entire trailer park and your kids sound so (street) smart! :)

Phoenix

January 27th, 2011
11:32 am

I have to say this is probably a fairly accurate portrayal of the typical teenage experience. At least of mine anyway. I grew up to be a successful, productive member of society. Let kids be kids.

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
11:33 am

“the way real teens lives are in America”

Well of course! Speaking of reality TV, don’t all toddlers have tiaras and throw temper tantrums?

50+

January 27th, 2011
11:41 am

From an older adult’s perspective. The majority of you parents of teenagers are doing a HORRIBLE job instilling moral values in your CHILDREN. Which coincidentally they are children and NOT adults.

Sue from Lima, you'e ignorant.

January 27th, 2011
11:42 am

No one on here has insulted anyone personally yet, and you just showed truly how ignorant people can be. You cannot even articulate any type of constructive comment, and so you settle for bashing people’s personal opinions. You’re exactly the type of ignorance that is undesirable in a society, you keep progress from happening. And no, this post is not in defense or promotion of the show in any way, it is simply to expose an completely unneeded comment.

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
11:52 am

“you keep progress from happening.”

LMAO to that and the rest of your drivel. Better rush home, your duaghter probably skipped school and is reinacting a part last night’s episode! Bless your heart!

Lady Strange

January 27th, 2011
11:53 am

@Sue from Lima: Not sure about the tiaras but I’m pretty sure most toddlers have the occasional temper tantrum.

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2011
11:54 am

If Skins (US) was okay for teens, would it even be on MTV?

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
11:56 am

“it is simply to expose an completely unneeded comment.”

So no one else saw my comments but you?

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

“And no, this post is not in defense or promotion of the show in any way”

… “You cannot even articulate any type of constructive comment”

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

Personally, your kids are better off watching less television anyway. I never understood parents who gave their children TV’s with cable in their rooms; smart phones/computers they keep with them 24/7 and then act surprised when the kids are up at all hours of the night doing anything but studying, homework or sleeping.

Sue from Lima, you'e ignorant.

January 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

Are you going to say anything, or are you just going to continue to re-post things that I’ve already said??? And yes, other people saw your comments obviously, taking into account that this is a public forum…..

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

Do any of you ever watch “Glee” ??? :)

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

Are you going to say anything, or are you just going to continue to re-post things that I’ve already said???

Contractor

January 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

lovelyliz,

The reason for this is that parents want to be the cool parents of all their friends, and that they also don’t want to be bothered by their kids. So many instances out there where kids get everything they want, just so the parents don’t have to deal with them being upset or mad at them. Parents now a days just let their kids slide through life with no accountability whatsoever. Of course, everyone wants happy kids, but buying them the new iPhone, Playstation 3, or a LED LCD TV isn’t the only way to make them happy. It all starts from the beginning.

Parent of a 15 year old

January 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

This thread is truly disturbing. Our kids don’t need another buddy, they need a mature adult who loves them to guide them away from junk like “skins.” Yes, I understand that saying “no” is not always cool, and I know that it can cause an attraction to a show or whatever we are saying no to. That’s the time to have a frank discussion with them as to why we don’t want them watching shows like Skins. Or we can let them go in their room and see multiple sex acts, drugs, alcohol, etc… in a 40 minute show and let them believe that that is what it takes to be normal. That may be “teen life today” for your kids, but not for mine. I choose to PARENT! It’s not easy, but it can be done. Make the hard, right choice for the sake of your teenagers!

D

January 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

I watched the first episode mainly to see what they hype was about. My child is only 10 and is not the proper programing for her to watch. However, I did feel the show was eye opening. In terms of what teens are experincing in schools and in their lives. I have been a mentor in my college years to girls betweent the ages of 13 and 18. What I took away from the program and what I will do and have done is create the dialog between my child and myself. One of my mentee’s had lost her mother that summer that I mentored her. She had an older sister who had dropped out of high school had 2 kids and was living on welfare. She needed a role model (prior to her mothers death, she had asked me to guide her child), which I did. I told her the truth about what she was facing as she grew up. I did not lie, cover or sugar coat my experiences, and she respected that. I was proud the day she graduated high school and went on to attend my alma mater as did my other mentee. They both waited until after they we’re 18 to engage in sexual activity. They both told me it was because I told them the truth. All of us are college graduates- one mentee went on to obtain her Masters. The point of this and even this show called Skins, is to create awareness and discussion. I am not shocked by the things they we’re doing on this show, this is stuff many of us have exposed to. The difference to me is that parents and children are more willing to talk about it. Even if your child does or doesn’t, talk with them about what they are exposed to. How many stories do we hear about teens getting caught drinking and driving- sometimes resulting in death. What about using nyquil or some other medicines to get high…how many of our children do we have to lose before we talk about the issues they are facing. You can rip the show apart but I hope that at the end of the day you are talking to your child!

Loving Mom

January 27th, 2011
12:20 pm

I am deeply bothered by this type of programming! I just heard about this program and watched about five minutes of it on the computer. This is disgusting and MORALLY WRONG. We wonder why our kids are turning out the way they are. I am sorry, but this type of ‘entertainment’ is what is happening to our society. We glamourize this type of behavior! We are not shown the consequences of this type of behaviour. I am a mother of four children. My oldest daughter just graduated from college, and believe this or not, she NEVER drank or had sex before she married a few months ago! My second is a junior in college and never drank as well. I also have a junior in HS and an 8th grader. I am teaching my children values and consequences. I would never do a disservice to my children and allow them to think this is ‘normal’ behavior!

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

A bigger problem arises when good kids (that have educated parents with open communication) come in contact with children with parents like ASHLEY.

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

The problem isn’t the programming, it the parents who let their children watch whatever. We can’t have sanitize everything nor should we try. Just keep your kids away from it.

BTW, MTV is one of those channels my 14 year old niece is never allowed to watch on the one and only television in the house.

DB

January 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

This show is as based in reality as the one-half of a show I watched of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” — sure, I’m a real housewife. Somewhere along the way, I forget to arrange for my hairdresser and hairdresser to come do my hair in my private salon? (turn sarcasm off).

I do not doubt that there are kids who are experimenting left and right. However, what worked for us was being regular and active members of a church community that embraced young people, investing in a faith-based private school that reinforced our views on life and keeping an on-going dialogue going with our children about EVERYTHING — sex, drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, etc. Our private school did not lose any girls in high school to pregnancy (I’m not prepared to swear that no one got pregnant, but let’s just say that no one had a baby), and over 4 years, 5 kids were tossed out of school for drug or alcohol issues. The school was extremely strict: Alcohol or drugs got you expelled. Period. However, at graduation, there’s always one or two parties out of the dozen or so that are thrown where some idiot parents think it’s ok to serve alcohol “safely” now that the kids are going to college. I was rather proud of my son when he told me that he wasn’t really interested in what seemed to be a popular party, and he ended up doing something fairly low-key at our house. Turns out that the “popular” party ended up with a lot of kids sick as dogs the next day. The parents thoughtfully collected car keys as people came to the party — WTH? I asked him if he knew that before hand and he shrugged and said, “Everyone knew — sounded pretty lame though, everyone sitting around going, “Man, I’m soooo drrruuuunnkk.” Same with my daughter — she dropped in on one party, and was home 45 minutes later, rolling her eyes and telling me, “It was too loud and everyone was trying to sneak beer out by the pool.” So yes, I know they were exposed to it. But I also know that they didn’t feel a compulsion to experiment.

They are both in college now. One is 22, and yes, he enjoys alcohol. One is almost 20, and yes, she has had drinks at parties, etc. But she said, casually, that “I usually only have one drink at a party, because I’m usually the designated driver. And if you drink gingerale, people think you’re drinking beer and leave you alone.” Neither one of them can stand smoking, and one dumped a roommate in two weeks when they discovered that the roommate was basically smoking their way through the semester and complaining about the quality of pot that they could get.

….but one thing I do no, is that he is a teenager, and we will do almost anything to get what we want.

And that’s the point: My kids didn’t WANT to. They weren’t the “cool” kids, they probably weren’t the “popular” kids — but one is trying to decide which law school he wants to go to, now, after graduating from a U.S. top 15 university (within 4 years!) on a full scholarship this May. The other is on-track at college, too, works part-time, volunteers with disabled kids once a week, and just joined a service sorority.

That insidious “everyone is doing it” is part of the problem. NOT everyone is doing it, and the ones that don’t tend to fly under the radar. You don’t hear about them, because they AREN’T getting pregnant, drunk or high. I never drank or smoked in high school or college, either — beer smelled awful, why would I want to drink it? And I certainly wasn’t trying out a new sexual position with a new partner every other night!

Boring? Probably. But who said a constant state of excitement was a good thing?

SaveOurRepublic

January 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

My children are not yet in their teens (nor do we have cable TV), but I most certainly would NEVER allow them to inudate themselves with such filth. The majority of “Hellivision” programming is garbage &/or propaganda. I’d venture to estimate that 85%+ of what “Hollyweird” churns out is mindless fluff mind to distract the populace from the destruction of our Republic (via the Globalist Elite’s agenda).

Kate

January 27th, 2011
12:51 pm

I haven’t actually watched a full episode of Skins, but if the clip above is any indication, this show is so bad it makes The Hills look like Masterpiece Theatre! I especially love the part where that girl goes to the gay bar. Kind of reminded me of lesbian version of Soul Train.

Obviously, MTV has a long standing, and profitable, history of providing low-brow programming. The only thing unique, and kind of creepy, about Skins is that the teen characters are being portrayed by actual teenagers. As an adult I realize that all TV programming exists for one reason alone: to generate revenue for television networks through advertising. Regardless of its origins, Skins was written by a group of adults who are most likely well beyond their teen years, and are very much aware that creating a show which included all the mundane details of the average teen’s life (going to school, working, studying, playing sports, etc.) would be BORING. Not even the Parent’s Television Council would want to watch it. Therefore, they created a show that may outwardly appear to be geared towards teens, but is actually intended to be watched by sexually frustrated adults who enjoy entertaining fantasies of over-sexed, drug addled wild teens. The whole point of this, and any other TV show, is to entice adults with disposable income to go out and buy whatever products are advertised during the commercials. Any similarities between any television program and real life are purely coincidental. Instead of forbidding your kids from watching this show (not that that’s an entirely bad idea), sit down and discuss how patently absurd most television programming is and, most importantly, set a good example by not sitting around and watching tripe like this yourself.

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

There is something to be said for families watching television together and discussing issues when they come up, but more often than not, it’s parent watching their programs on their TV while their children watch on their own.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

January 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

“The Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group, says “Skins” may well be the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen”

did this group happen to mention that if watching a TV show influences your child so much that they turn into moral degenerates destined to lead worthless lives, maybe the real failure was the parenting they received more than the media they watched?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

January 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

DB’s comments made me think…….How can anyone who keeps up with Real Housewives, Kate +8, or the slew of other shows like this criticize MTV for offering the same type of programming to their market?

Isn’t there something just a little ridiculous about saying no one should be watching trash like “Skins”…..when they’re really teaching their kids to watch a whole different type of trash when they tune into Kate +8?

Or is it just that once you hit adulthood, you believe that trash is ok…as long as it’s your trash.

Personally, I’m not opposed to trash in media to an extent. I watched the “Dukes of Hazzard” as a kid while my parents watched “Dallas”, “The Love Boat”, and “Fantasy Island”….I defy you to try to find any redeeming value in any of those shows. I always had a safeguard though, my parents watched with me and talked about any reservations they had with any of the stuff I was watching. My dad used to tell me TV was like a candy bar….pretty much devoid of any redeeming value, but as a guilty pleasure and in moderation, wouldn’t kill you.

JATL

January 27th, 2011
1:16 pm

@Loving Mom -if watching a television show makes your child go out and act in some morally reprehensible manner, then you’re a sorry parent. You don’t have to allow your kids to watch it. OR you could watch it with them and discuss everything wrong with it, but don’t blame a tv show for societies ills. As for your sober, virginal children -don’t be so sure. I’m all for teaching values and consequences -especially in the context of reality. You sound just like an aunt of mine whose girls all screwed around and drank and smoked -they were just SUPER sneaky and hypocritical, kept going to church all the time and “praising Jesus,” and lied to her. Given the ages of your kids, I wouldn’t be so smug just yet.

JATL

January 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

“society’s ills” -must get more sleep!

kps

January 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

I would hate to think this is how teens behave, thank god im not raising one. The show seems to glorify bad behavior for the sake of TV. another MTV trash show that actually is so bad its funny

mom2alex&max

January 27th, 2011
1:27 pm

I just watched the clip posted and all I can say is “meh..” Obviously MTV is going for the shock value. This show is more explicit than out 90210, but that show back then also had sex, drugs, alcohol,what have you.

My kids at 7 and 10 are not old enough to watch it, but I can see letting a 15 to 17 year old watch it. To me, it has the same impact as watching the Jerry Springer show. It dramatizes aspects of teen life for shock and entertainment value. Build a good relationship with your kids, teach them good morals and values and a show like Skin is no more than a soap opera to them. It won’t “make”them go out and sleep around or drink or what ever.

mom2alex&max

January 27th, 2011
2:02 pm

@LovingMom: my mom thought the same thing about me. She will swear on a stack of Bibles that I never drank as a teen and that I never had sex before becoming engaged to my now husband. Trust me, she’s wrong.

But she also taught me (as we she could) right from wrong and kept me busy enough in high school that I had little time for “extras”. But I did find some time to unwind, to put it mildly.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Reality,

You really need to travel more. The vast majority of houses here in the UK do not have basements. We personally don’t have a shed. My son does not have a car and neither do the vast majority of teens because you can’t even get a provisional (learner’s) license until your (apply two months before) 17th birthday. Unless you want to drive a moped then you can get one at 16 and I don’t think they have boots (trunks). My son and his friends seem to be allergic to going outside and unless it is connected to a controller don’t seem to be interested. My son and his friends also connect through their x-boxes and usually don’t bother going to each other houses. He doesn’t get an allowance and we get him the things that he wants/needs. So unless my son is drinking, doing drugs, and etc during his 30 minutes bike ride (6 miles roundtrip every school day) to and from school, he’s clean. He is also two years ahead on taking his maths, science and english GCSE’s and next year is doing an engineering diploma. You also seem to think that you are the only one that has ever been a teen. Believe it or not I was one also. Parents did not pop out of the ground as fully formed adults.

1911A1

January 27th, 2011
2:24 pm

Kate @ 12:51…you nailed it.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

The teens that get drunk/do drugs here tend to go to parks, play grounds and town/city centres late at night.

Sue from Lima

January 27th, 2011
2:32 pm

After school open dialog with the kiddies: While eating their milk & cookies, ask your kids which of their friends were allowed to watch “Skins”. I promise this would have been a the #1 topic of schoolyard conversation with some of their more colorful classmates!

Use those kids and their parents as examples. There will be no surprises, just lightbulbs moments. Talk to your kids about what kind of kids are allowed to watch such garbage and the type of household which allows them to as well.

Seriously, don’t any of you watch “Glee” ???

Wayne

January 27th, 2011
2:43 pm

[harrumph] I watch ‘Glee’ occasionally. Just for the music.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
2:45 pm

Jarvis,

That is a generalisation. I use to think that all of England was like Poirot, Ms Marple or Dr Who until I moved here. Just like there are people here that think all Americans are like the TV shows. When I moved here my mom called after a few weeks and asked me if I had indoor plumbing and if there were grocery stores. I once had someone here ask me if everyone in the US were like the characters on Dallas. The only problem my eldest has run into is that he still has a little bit of an American accent since he was born in the US and there were a few that didn’t like it and picked on him because of it. BUT they were a small minority. His siblings all sound English since they were born here and I’m sure that if they went to school in the US there would be some kids that would pick on them because of it.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
2:49 pm

Becky,

Reality said it :-)

penguinmom

January 27th, 2011
3:05 pm

For those who were asking about Bev Hills 90210 and the age of the actors. From what I can tell on IMDB, all of the actors were 17 or older when it started. Most were over 20, only 3 that I saw were 17 at the time the show started. So, within the first season, everyone was 18 or above.

The article I read suggested that a good number of teens thought the show’s first episode was kind of stupid and poorly acted. It was going up against reruns and now its going up against new episodes of other shows.

We actually block MTV on our home TV because I don’t really even like seeing some of the names they give their programs as I scroll through the program guide. My kids don’t (and won’t ever) have a TV in their room until college because I don’t want them going into their room and watching something I don’t approve of.

mom2alex&max

January 27th, 2011
3:39 pm

penguinmom: yeah, from what I read that’s the biggest issue with this show, that the actors are actually the age they portray. The legal issue is whether it is child pornography. I knew that in 90210 the actors were much older than the characters they played.

I still don’t see the huge deal. It’s for shock and entertainment. Just like the Jerry Springer show, talk shows, soap operas, etc. Sure some kids act like that. I know for sure they don’t act like that just because they see it one TV.

frugal chef

January 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

I ♥ Cereal

January 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

“The legal issue is whether it is child pornography.”

No it is not the issue.

Please, people, enough with the drama!

Oh, gasp, a TV show! Controversy and hype, oh my! ☺

I ♥ Cereal

January 27th, 2011
4:29 pm

☺☻<—? :)

Sid Vicious

January 27th, 2011
4:32 pm

Whatever happened to MTV playing music videos?

sorry sandra

January 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

I’m sorry that I’m only 18 and have not had the experience of traveling to the u.k. extensively. I’ve only made it to france spain jamaica and the cayman islands, not good enough for you. And it sounds to me like you’re son has some social issues, and now I can understand why he doesn’t drink, its because he doesn’t even socialize with his friends other than over the internet!

not a parent

January 27th, 2011
4:40 pm

if I had children, I would not make an issue out of, but the channel would quickly become unavailable. I believe if you make an issue about things, the object/subject of attention becomes more intriguing, and you defeat your purpose of protecting the issue.

deidre_NC

January 27th, 2011
4:41 pm

my kids never had a tv in their rooms….until my daughter went to college.i got an extra box and gave her a tv for christmas (this year) i got a kick butt deal on the tv is the only reason. we have never until now had more than 1 tv…and half of the year we have dish turned off because no one watches it except in the winter.
when mtv stopped having the show ‘boiling point’ we stopped watching it. i used to watch it all the time for the music….that doesnt happen…whered the music go? isnt it supposed to be MusicTeleVision???MTV…none of the kids here watch it either. i watched the clip posted here…and i dont think i would want my kids watching it if they were younger…i know they watched shows and listened to music i didnt allow when they were not at home…but all i could do is teach them right from wrong…morals….and hope it stuck.

MikeR

January 27th, 2011
4:46 pm

Wow. Reading what some parents are saying it is no wonder our society is in such sorry shape. The only way to stop this downward spiral is for us to return to Jesus Christ. A personal relationship with Jesus must be our top priority for us and our children. Do not allow such smut into our homes. Our 15 year old son has no TV in his room. When we watch TV, it is as a family. No show with cursing or sex is allowed in our home. We don’t go to movies that have cursing or sex. We watch sports, news, and old TV shows (gunsmoke is our favorite). I sure you will roll your eyes and call us names and that is fine. Our son is very happy and is active in our Church youth group. I urge you to come to Christ and leave this trash behind. Your family and our world will be much better for it.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
4:53 pm

It’s just a TV show folks. If you don’t want your kids watching it, do like Mike, and don’t let them watch it.

I don’t believe in censorship. It’s wrong…to the core wrong.

If you feel it’s offensive TV, don’t watch it. Trust me, the sponsors are listening. If viewership drops another 50% next week, this will all be a moot discussion.

Speak with your remote controls not your Congressman. Government censorship is WRONG.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

Sandra, I’m full of generalizations. I’m pretty damn opinionated. It’s a character flaw that I’m working on.

As for the feeling of superiority…watch the Top Gear (a show that I love incidentally) “American Holiday” episode. While amusing, the jokes wouldn’t have been set up the way they were, if the audience wasn’t calling for it.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
5:02 pm

And Sandra…you’re an American girl. Don’t give up your “z’s”. It’s generaliZations here. ;-)

MDS

January 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

I loved the British version in large part because that was written and acted by teenagers. This bears the hands of writers and producers trying to be provocative and misses the honest feeling of the original.

http://www.mattunedited.com

Tia

January 27th, 2011
5:12 pm

My 13 year old daughter had no desire to watch the show so there was no show down there. My 16 year old son and I watched the first show together (I was boiling inside). His comment: this is stupid. I should say we watched about half. Halfway in he asked if he could be excused to play his PS3 or is this another one of my “emotional Mom moments that he has to endure because the thought of college just flashed in my mind”. Smart aleck. Neither had any interest to watch the second show. When I asked my 16 year old about what he thought of what he did see, he said there are instances of that in high school but it is the fringe. That is what I thought. When I was in high school we had some of the very same things going on but it was also the fringe. MTV just didn’t have the desire at that time to make it look cool.

MomsRule

January 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

@lovelyliz, my kids have TVs in their rooms (with cable, GASP!), laptops and Iphones. They both make straight As in all advanced classes and are very active in sports. They wake well rested by themselves every morning to their own alarm clocks. They shower, eat the hot breakfast I’ve prepared, brush their teeth and get their things ready for school. And, they are first to the bus stop every morning (without me telling them it is time to go.)

My point is only that TVs and games in bedrooms do not necessarily equate to staying up all night or ignoring responsibility.

Brit Dad

January 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Do you really believe that “censoring” what your teenage children view on television is going to make the slightest bit of difference? There is far more explicit viewing available at the click of a mouse button. Your children will grow up in spite of you: trust in the fact that you’ve raised them to have the right values. I’ve watched Skins: I’ve seen far worse imagery on HBO, in the cinema, on You Tube, and just about anywhere else your teenage children care to go…

Paul

January 27th, 2011
5:52 pm

I am repulsed by MTV. I think it is the demise of the future. MTV glorifies everything that is unsettling in the media. MTV cares about ratings/money not your child. That is your job. Kids today are totally off the reservation.

That being said it comes down to parenting. You don’t want to raise your kids right? Well guess what? This crap on TV is what their lives will come to.

I am 29, if anyone is wondering

Ann

January 27th, 2011
6:25 pm

There is so little of quality on television these days, that we have found it is no longer worth the monthly expense. A few months ago, we canceled our cable to save $58 a month. We then got a $20 antenna and can pick up 11 local channels. With fewer channels to scroll, we stumbled across a great show on public television that the adults enjoyed. Before, it would have been lost in the mix of the dozens and dozens of channels. With all those channels, it was amazing how you could scroll through 60 channels and find nothing worth watching. I am not opposed to mindless entertainment occasionally for adults, but has become increasingly difficult to find something truly entertaining.

Our tv stays off while my five year old is awake and up and about. He does not watch any tv. Other parents sometimes ask me, what do you do all day at home? How do you keep him entertained without the tv? It is easy. He entertains himself through his play, since he is not used to being “entertained” by the tv. He doesn’t ask for it to be turned on. The lack of television has fostered his creativity and keeps him from being bored. It has made parenting much easier actually. I am amazed at how many families automatically turn the tv on when at home, even when noone is watching. It is as if they can’t bear to be alone with their own thoughts. That is also the goal of tv and marketing – don’t think, just buy what we advertise.

Jan Brennan

January 27th, 2011
7:03 pm

I’m going to pull the “God” card here because that is how I was brought up and that is how I brought my children up. If you have any decency about you at all and have raised your children in the eyes of God how we should all be doing to be worthy of Heaven, you have to realize that God sees all, He sees everything, He is not blind to this grave, grave evil of fornication, alcohol, drugs, sex, masterbation, lesbians, gays, etc. If you can watch this evil, remember God is right there with you and knows what you are doing. How can you be worthy of Heaven watching the devil’s playground? Chastity is not a bad word, virginity is not a bad word, it is what God expects of us to stay chaste until we are married. Pray for the grace to be chaste. THIS is what we should be teaching our children from toddlers to teens is what we learn in the Bible, it ALL revolves around Jesus. We cannot acquire Heaven with all this sin on our soul, it is not a free ticket, I have no regrets when I teach my children the laws of God, I raise them with prayer, in the church, with the Bible, the Ten Commandments, and my kids are as sweet, gentle and kind with soooooo much love in their hearts. My son is 15, very handssome and knows that God is in charge, not what MTV says is “everyone is doing it”, he knows it is a mortal sin to have sex before marriage, and a mortal sin to masterbate, have gay relationsships and is waiting for his bride, on their wedding night, as that is the order in which God intended. satan is in control of drugs, sex with anything that moves, masterbation, pornography, gay relationships, and he tells you, you don’t have to go to church, you don’t have to read the bible, that’s for weirdos!!! Yes, that is satan’s plan and MTV you are ruled by the evil one, I pray your audience turns away from the hell you are delivering them on a silver plater. Mother’s and Father’s who really love and care for the salvation of your children’s souls, please visit the website to help them back into reality: http://www.chastity.com You will be judged by God how you taught your children about Him and His Word, how you kept them safe and taught them about God’s truth. It is never too late to turn away from the sins of the world and pray for God’s mercy on us. God accepts U-turns and wants you to turn away from all sin, and you will find “all sin” on MTV. This is not the normal way of teens, these are teens unloved, given the wrong direction, shown a grave, grave evil, ask Jesus into your heart and pray on your knees to Him daily to take away the sins of pornography, sex before marriage, gay relationships, and the evil of drugs. Ask Him to purify your heart. Lord create in me a clean heart, and Blessed Mother Mary, please, please pray for me. Jesus I trust in you. God be with you, God have mercy on this world. Amen.

Shocked and Saddened

January 27th, 2011
7:15 pm

Skins is nothing but soft teen porn and has zero educational value. It is there only to reinforce the lie that sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll is the expected life of a teen. Absolute nonsense. Our kids are not animals unless we allow them to be, or make them to be. This show is destructive to youth who view it. This is a judgment upon parenting in modern times.

It reveals the utter failure of parents being parents, and I can’t for the life of me (a parent of two girls and trust me they have no association with such lifestyles depicted in this despicable show) understand how any parent can sit through the cesspool with their kids trying to claim a teachable moment! Please, parents be parents and quit abdicating your role of guidance of your offspring to a slimy standard of MTV’s view of morality or life. It is your duty as ones who brought kids into this world to parent them to be contributions to society, not social cancers.

I, too, refuse the lie of Hollywood and MTV that “every teen is doing it.” This is the most heart wrenching phooey concocted by immoral perverts that produce this media filth. Get out of the immature state of mind that if you ban your teens from watching this garbage that they will really feel embarrassed in front of their friends at school, feel like outsiders and losers. Common on, give me a break! Teach our kids to be classy, intelligent leaders and not moral misfits that can’t stand on their own two feet, and inculcate, with every fiber of your being, in them the will power of taking the high ground of dignity and personal self-control. Don’t be a copout parent allowing or condoning their participation in societal decay.

The show is pathetic, perverted drivel, designed to mock and mangle good parenting, and plunge our young people into the basement of entertainment excrement. God help us parents who are content to lead their children along into watching this show as somehow being a good adult role model.

Re: Jan Brennan

January 27th, 2011
7:34 pm

Haha. You really think that your hormonal 15 year old doesn’t masturbate? Who cares what he tells you? 95% of males masturbate and the other 5% are lying. I guess you’ve just been ignoring the rapid disappearance of all his tissues, toilet paper, and socks.

Lol...

January 27th, 2011
7:41 pm

Sue, what you’re doing is hateful and ignorant, and I agree with the other reader who has already called you out. I just graduated from Med school and had open communication with my mother and father. However you tend to think that watching a TV show makes people like me who had open communication with parents regardless of the TV shows I was allowed watch makes one like me a hell raiser, I reject your reasoning. While this isn’t the best show to open up discussion with one’s parents, this does not damn your child to hell and an unsuccessful career after watching the show. Oh, and keep it a little more classy?

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
8:18 pm

Reality,

No it’s not good enough for me. Visiting a few places on vacation does not make you an expert on these cultures. My husband is a quarter Spanish and a quarter from Gibraltar but it does not make him an expert on either of these places as he has only visited. It does make his Grandfather an expert on living on The Rock of Gibraltar and his Grandmother an expert on living in her part of Spain but not him. He does speak Spanish. He would be more of an expert on Germany since he has lived, went to school, worked there. He also writes and speaks fluent German. He would even be a slight expert on living in the States since one of his Master Degrees is from a Uni in California.

As for my son, he and his friends use the x-box not only for games but for chatting to each other. They use it as they would their phones. It is just more comfortable and there are very few parents who would let 6 – 11 teenage boys into their house. He would also be way too smart to tell any adult that they had no clue how to raise children. He may think it but he would never say it.

The vast majority of parents have figured out that kids can lie, fib, steal and etc. We have been there and either have done it or seen it. Do I think that my children will never get drunk …. of course not. Do I think that my kids will never have sex ….. nope. I do hope that they will never take drugs but if they do my husband and I will always be there to pick up the pieces when they are ready for us to help. Do I need Skins to talk to my children about sex, drugs, alcohol or anything else …… not in this lifetime.

Daddy Mojo

January 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

This is an excellent opportunity to bring up “a la carte television stations”. Yes, I have cable, but I only watch a dozen channels at most. “Turn the channel off” is a common sense argument but I don’t want any of my money going toward a network or cable outlet that programs this tripe. It’s the ultimate power, yes, for now, but if a la carte television stations were an option I’d bet that MTV wouldn’t pull this garbage.

Jim Jones

January 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

This show gets the Pedobear Seal of Approval.

Sandra

January 27th, 2011
8:47 pm

Jarvis,

I do get confused on my spelling. :-)) I have taught my kids on occasion the US way of spelling a word only for them to get it wrong on their test.

When I first came here my husband convinced me that lemon curd was made out of bee’s wax with lemon flavouring. Do we have lemon curd in the States? I never heard of it til I came here. He thought it was funny. In fact, he still does. It wasn’t as funny to me.

As far as the entertainment, There have been sometime that I haven’t found some jokes or shows funny because of the slant but there also have been times that my husband wasn’t overly chuffed about some of the shows or jokes that have come out of the US. I think it swings both ways.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
8:49 pm

Daddy Mojo, I couldn’t agree more on ala carte TV.

I don’t speak Spanish. I don’t know what the hell they are saying on Univision. I’m sure it’s quality TV, but I don’t think I should have to pay for something I can’t follow.

HB

January 27th, 2011
8:53 pm

Daddy Mojo, look into a good outdoor antennae and a fast Internet connection. With the new digital subchannels, I get 30 channels using just indoor rabbit ears and the few cable shows I care to watch are usually available online after a few days. If ESPN is a big part of your cable viewing, ESPN3 online is a good sub for it. If your Internet provider isn’t partnered with them so that you get it free as part of your account, you can pay an annual fee for site access that is cheaper than a full cable package.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
8:59 pm

I hear ya Sandra. It definitely works both ways.
That one episode of Top Gear was especially disappointing for me though (it was 4 years ago, and I’m still going on about it).

It’s one of my favorite shows, and I thought it was generally more mean-spirited than funny on that particular night. The fat American Stig was hilarious, but I felt like they treated a redneck woman in Alabama horribly, and portrayed Americans as not giving a sh*t that Katrina had leveled New Orleans.

Calling us fat, gun-loving, and ignorant to the ways of the world are pretty humorous generaliZations. Saying that we are too self-absorbed to care about each other, and intentioally demeaning a person on TV are not funny to me.

It still makes me wonder if Brits really think we are generally mean and stupid.

HB

January 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

You don’t have to pay for Univision anyway. It’s a broadcast network and Atlanta has a station.

jarvis

January 27th, 2011
9:03 pm

What about Galavision?

JATL

January 27th, 2011
9:05 pm

@Jan Brennan -don’t you know that atheist homosexuals need love too? And if MTV isn’t on, then your kids are going to have to masturbate to some of the racier parts of the Bible (just imagining what all was going down in Sodom and Gomorrah could last for several sessions). How do you feel about that? Sorry, but people who still think masturbation is a sin really crack me up! Ask yourself some of the tough questions: Had you rather your kids watch “Skins” or masturbate? HAHA -trick question! Skins may edge the ol’ dilly dally on that one (although after they watch it -they’re gonna go masturbate). Had you rather your kids masturbate or fornicate? Well, probably masturbate. OK -so chalk one up for the magic fingers. What about masturbate or fornicate homosexually? Now I’m SURE your liking masturbation as a choice much more! Hmmm, how about masturbate or get knee-walking drunk or high as a kite? Wow -I’m thinking masturbation wins again…Please tell me where, oh where, you find anything in the Bible that makes you think masturbation makes God or Jesus angry. Dear woman, methinks you need a LARGE vibrator.

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HB

January 27th, 2011
11:02 pm

I think Galavision is cable only, jarvis, but I’m not sure.

really?

January 28th, 2011
7:09 am

Interesting comments from MTV reality star, Rachel Campos-Duffy

“I can tell you that the dirty little secret at MTV is that their demo is not 22 year old college students. Their demo is 12, 13-year-old kids, 14-year-old boys and girls who are often home alone, and unsupervised…These shows have real consequences for these children, and for the society at large. What kind of support system to we want to have for our children?”

concerned

January 28th, 2011
7:15 am

I’ve heard some comment here that they, as a “typical teenager” lived like these teens and turned out fine. Unfortunately this won’t be the case for many young and not so young kids who will seek to imitate this behavior and consider it the “norm.” This behavior for many will result in tragedy one way or the other. Bad move MTV.

WTH!

January 28th, 2011
7:18 am

whether it’s art imitating life or life imitating art, glorifying this risky behavior is STUPID and IRRESPONSIBLE!!!!

CM

January 28th, 2011
7:20 am

“a repugnant, irredeemably nihilistic viewing experience [which] discovers a new frontier in phoniness and filth.” The Washington Post

CM

January 28th, 2011
7:22 am

“stoned and vacant-eyed sexually crazed waifs [who] exhibit staunch amorality and a sexual hunger unknown to any human not addled by male-enhancement products.” The Boston Herald

StatesTheObvious

January 28th, 2011
8:41 am

Watch it or not, teens (yes, even your saintly youngster) are facing the issues depicted in this show. Parents can bury their heads in the sand all they want but every day teens face decisions about sex, drugs, alcohol, and lots of other things that all adults faced at some point in their lives. So, the best way to go about it is to have an honest discussion with your teen about what is happening in his or her life and about how to handle the tough choices. Otherwise, you can bet that they will talk to someone else about it or will take their cues from a show like this and you probably won’t like the outcome.

c'mon

January 28th, 2011
8:51 am

Do we really need to see masturbation on TV? Sure most of us do (and enjoy) it, but does this reality really NEED to be shown?? Why can’t some private things remain private. Wanna see me take a crap? Wanna see me use a tampon?

emmysmom

January 28th, 2011
9:35 am

Who cares what tv shows play in the U.K.? My children and grandchildren do not live in the U.K., and their morality or lack thereof is of no concern to me. What is of concern to me is this trash on American television and American parents’ apparent inability to control what their children watch and/or their justification for letting them watch it. When did we lower the bar to this level?

JATL

January 28th, 2011
10:07 am

@c’mon -given the feminine products commercials and the Charmin bears, I’m expecting an actual real demonstration of those products any day now! I don’t know if you were referring to my tongue-in-cheek post to Jan Brennan, but I’m not advocating for masturbation on tv, I’m just saying that it’s a healthy and normal thing that people do -not an “mortal sin” as she stated. The Parent’s Television Council also starts complaining any time it’s a story line on a show with teens. They had a fit about “That 70s Show” when they aired an episode about Eric being caught masturbating. It was hilarious, no masturbation was shown and it was actually quite realistic about the humiliation suffered between parents and kids when someone is caught in the act. So no, we don’t need to “see” it, but to have a fit that it’s even mentioned or to think it’s a mortal sin is ridiculous.

Sandra

January 28th, 2011
12:27 pm

Emmysmom,

Well, You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to including care about the morality in the UK but shows have been crossing back and forth across the pond for a long time now. Some US shows get remade in the UK and some UK shows get remade in the US. “Skins” is just the latest from the UK. Other have been …… “Three’s Company” was a remake of the UK show called “Man About The House” ……… “Sanford and Son” was a remake of the UK show called “Steptoe and Son” ………. “All In The Family” was a remake of the UK show called “Til Death Us Do Part” ……… “Too Close For Comfort” was a remake of the UK show called “Keep It In The Family” and etc ……. For some going the other way …….. “Family Feud” was remade for the UK as “Family Fortunes” ……… “Good Times” was remade for the UK as “The Fosters” ……… “Who’s the Boss” was remade for the UK as “The Upper Hand” and etc ……… I knew some of these already ……. for the others thanks “Wikipedia”

Carmen McQueen

January 28th, 2011
12:47 pm

I am a 16 year-old girl and i enjoy skin. I think it gives parents a chance to see what their kids are doing even if they think they aren’t. Even the sweetest kids in their parents eyes have a darkside! Skins tell things how they are, the show doesnt sugar coat any thing how the sex ed. teachers may do in school! parents ahve to face the fact that everyday their kids are exposed to sex, drugs, and alcohol and most likely they ave probably already done those things with out them noticing. My mom allows me to watch the show because everything they are doin ive already done. I am bisexual so the lesbianism is no problem to me. I truly believe the PTC is just a group of parents who dnt want their kids to look at the show because they think they wil try those things. If your child watches music videos or BET, MTV, or VH1 probably have already did all of those things too. I think everybody is blowing this out of proportion. I am going to continue to watch the show and i have many teenagers do to so they can see what happens when you chose to do certain things.

Sandra

January 28th, 2011
1:22 pm

Jarvis,

I think there are a lot of people around the world that think Americans are “fat, gun-loving, and ignorant to the ways of the world”. In my opinion, I don’t think that the mass shootings or gun crimes that are beamed around the world in seconds help to negate the idea that a lot of Americans are “gun-loving”. In my opinion, Some of the comments from contributors on several different newspaper sites that claim to be from Americans do nothing to vanish the impression that a lot of Americans are “ignorant to the ways of the world”. As far as the fat goes, It would help if we would stop trying to stay in the top ten of the world’s fattest countries. I know that everyone likes to win but goodness people I think this is one goal that we don’t want to achieve.

There are always going to be shows/comics that are going to push the button on generaliZations and stereotyping but like I said earlier that happens the other way also. After all, there seems to be nothing funner than to make fun of another country or person …. Well, It’s less funny for the country or person being made fun of.

That said, I have been demanded an explanation of/blamed by some people here for things like ….. friendly fire incidences, the US movie industry, US foreign policy, some statements a couple of Presidents have made and many other things. One of my sister-in-laws once demanded to know why Hollywood didn’t make more movies about UK military achievements and conflicts. I told her that I personally wasn’t responsible for the US film industry but would guess that it was because Hollywood is located in the US and that any problems she personally had with the lack or supposed lack of UK military films would be best taken up with the UK film industry. What I should have said was, “I don’t know but I will give the heads of all the studios a call and demand an explanation by the end of the day”.

Wayne

January 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

Off-topic but wanted to point out that even though you might not see a charge on your cable bill for a TV channel, doesn’t mean it’s free. The cable operator may have to pay rebroadcast rights, even if it is ‘off-air’ as it’s called.

Cable Commissioner for the Town I Live In

shaggy

January 28th, 2011
1:46 pm

Wow! Sex, masturbation, booze, remembering what it was like to be a teen and masterfully dodging the parents in their attempts to shut me down. I really missed out on a good one…so much to say, but I am not going to do it.
Except, I just have to say how I LOLed at JATL’s reply to jan something or other. That was priceless…”magic fingers”…too funny.

Dad Says

January 28th, 2011
2:32 pm

Y’all are getting caught up in a phony controversy. Why phony? The UK version of Skins aired on BBC America in 2008. Where was the outrage back then? My guess is MTV tried to pull a public relations stunt that backfired.

Also, Skins is a drama, so, yes, it exaggerates. So do Law & Order, Lost and even Desperate Housewives and Big Bang Theory.

The genealogy of Skins is: The original UK E4 series showed a wide range of situations played for maximum emotional impact, but always in the context of teens trying to find their adult selves. Then BBC America aired a bleeped, pixelated version with some skin edited out, a bit like showing The Sopranos on basic cable. Now MTV has come out with an American remake, where the production too tentative and tepid to capture the flavor of the original. This last bit is the real problem with the show.

HB

January 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

Thanks for clarifying, Wayne — I was unclear. What I meant was, if channels were a la carte, there would be no need to pay for Univision anyway because in Atlanta, you should be able to pick it up with an antenna.

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TBM

January 29th, 2011
10:13 am

Let’s just say I have banned MTV from my home as a result of this show. It’s blocked…as are other shows and stations that consistently confuse people’s minds (especially kid’s minds) with this “accepted norm” rather than with what “ought to be.” My perspective is that these behaviors, this type entertainment, etc., is not what makes for happy souls and sound minds in the long-term. But don’t take my word for it. Challenge yourselves to objectively research the impact of these influences on people at all ages…again, on children and young adults especially. Compare today’s generation to other generations. Compare today those who watch this type entertainment and with those who do not. Then decide for yourselves that which ought to be and how you do and can best influence that. I double dare you!

Terri

January 29th, 2011
10:17 am

If it’s meant to be “educational,” then let’s find a way to make it that way. The majority don’t seem to make the distinction in my opinion.

Barker

January 29th, 2011
10:56 am

I prejudged this show without watching it, and I’m sad that I did that, because after watching the embedded video, it looks pretty good. I don’t understand how you think it’s a problem that the girl hears her grandmother talk about what happened to her and a woman who she feel in love with. That scene was very powerful, and gave the show a lot of depth. How could you have a problem with that, but no problem with the father setting her up on a date with a boy, so that he could advance his career.

The show is obviously not for pre-teens, and they shouldn’t make it seem like everything in these kids’ lives revolves around sex, but it looks like a show that has a lot of potential.

Cole

January 29th, 2011
11:25 am

IF YOU HAVE SKINS IN YOUR HOUSE AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO:

1) Pick-up Remote Control: Look for button with UP arrow and Down arrow. It will say CH (Channel). Push button up or down. This will change the channel you are watching. It’s called the “Change Channel Button”.

2) Alternate Choice: All of America now receives their television broadcasts through cable boxes. On the remote control you will find a Settings/Menu button. Go to Parental Control. You can now set and BLOCK any TITLE, CHANNEL, CONTENT, RATING. Once you block a Channel/Show etc it remains blocked until YOU unset it. You choose and enter a pin number of YOUR choosing so NO ONE else can change YOUR settings.

Patrick

January 30th, 2011
2:25 am

This show was on in Holland the same time as it was in the UK and it had the same reaction: nothing!
The kids that watched it didn’t go apeshit on drugs and alcohol or participated in casual sex more than they already did. It’s so weird that a show like this is an issue in America. I know the common feeling about Europeans in your country is that we are too liberal and open but Oh My God, don’t you ever think you might be a bit too uptight? Are you really all so naive? your kids will have sex, will drink alcohol and maybe they will even use drugs!!! And if they are the age of the kids in Skins they probably already do all these things!!!! Maybe lowering legal age to have sex and alcohol at 16, like in some European countries is an idea. My point is, stop the drama and trust your kids! Trust them to make right choices about sex, alcohol and drugs. Trust them, even if they choose differently than you would.

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Hey Patrick!!

January 31st, 2011
1:19 pm

Amen! Everything you said is spot on. I live in the U.S. and we are horribly conservative which creates nothing but problems for our country in terms of social policy. Perhaps some European countries are slightly too liberal, but that is better than our situation in the U.S. where we are so uptight about everything.

Like people never partied before?

January 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Kids are way over protected and still they continue to get intoxicated and have premarital sex. This has been true of each and every U.S. generation of kids.

The saddest thing isn’t the show, but that every generation of parents never learns the lesson that the more hysterical you become about something, the more into kids will become.

The next saddest thing is that there are things far worse than sex and drugs and wee still have parents ho not only don’t get that, but believe that there little tike is exceptional. Smart kids have always learned how to leverage this naivete, yes, even the ones that don’t drink or do drugs.

Talk to your kids when they are very young and keep talking to them. Keep the lines of communication open even if it makes you uncomfortable.

Lastly, if your kids watch pro wrestling, then your kid probably has bigger issues than anything shown on the U.S. version of Skins.

Tuckergirl

February 1st, 2011
10:35 am

Thank you, really?, for that comment from Rachel Campos-Duffy. That hits the nail on the head. It’s not the teens I’m worried about. It’s that exact age group (let’s go even further to 10-13) that is so vulnerable to this kind of trash.

On another topic, sex in the school bathroom? Good Lord! We barely had enough time to get to our next class, much less squeeze in a trip to the bathroom to pee when I was a teen. And the teachers monitored the bathrooms. If there are kids having sex in the school bathroom, something is very WRONG about that school.

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