In your opinion, is it OK or safe to allow children under the age of 13 to watch shows like Adult Swim?

kendra30752 kendra30752
What are/would your rules on this matter be? Would/do you allow yours to watch these types of programs? I'd love to hear your opinions... I kind of need a little advice
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Yes, I would/do let my chidren watch shows like Adult Swim no matter their age.
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No I would/do not allow shows like that to be viewed by my children.
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Under certain circumstances... (Please explain?)
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13 + I would allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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12 + I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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14+ I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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15+ I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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16+ I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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17+ I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
18+ I would/do allow to watch shows like Adult Swim.
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I allow/would allow my children to watch any show, no matter the rating.
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Other/it depends. Please explain? Any advice would be wecome. :)
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I prefer them not to, but I do not object to things they watch.
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Total votes: 192 (145 voters)
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06/25/2011
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MaryExy MaryExy
As long as they're not learning about the birds and the bees from Adult Swim, I wouldn't be too offended at the idea... They'd probably hear about it at school anyway.
06/25/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
Under 13 no, but above that it would depend on the child.
06/25/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
there are some shows that aren't as horrible as they may seen, so case by case basis. if they see something they don't understand, make sure to explain it properly because honestly, tv is no proper form of education. if the show was too violent (sex doesn't bother me), i properly wouldn't let them watch it until they were 13 or 14. violence is just plain unnecessary
06/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
What are/would your rules on this matter be? Would/do you allow yours to watch these types of programs? I'd love to hear your opinions... I kind of need a little advice
It depends on the child. Some children can handle, understand and not be effected by sexual humor as young as 10, others aren't ready until their mid teens.

There are only a few things I won't let my 11 year old watch; Slasher movies, movies with Demons and Absolute Evil in them (I don't think its good for a young child to be confronted with such things) extremely violent movies and TV shows, explicit sex (like any type of porn, obviously) and, oddly, many of the comedians The Comedy Central shows after 9 PM. I haven't watched Adult Swim in years, MeatWad never offended me, nor did SeaLab 2020, Drawn Together was one of the only TV shows that made ME turn it off while I was by myself. I wouldn't let a child watch something like that. but I am not familiar with the shows they have now.

I was watching some TV with my 11 year old and her friend, and someone put on Comedy Central and the comedian was so raw, I turned it off after a few minutes. I made sure both my daughter and her friend understood, "I had no idea what this man was going to say. It was too explicit for young girls, so we'll watch something more appropriate." If I had been alone or with My Man, I probably would have watched it, but it was not presenting the idea of "Sex equals Love" to my impressionable child.
06/25/2011
Ansley Ansley
I agree with P'Gell. It really depends on the child and the show in question. I'm leary to write anything off as a whole when it comes to a child's exposure. If they have questions, *I* want to be the one giving the answers. Not their friends.
06/25/2011
lovemuscle n cookie lovemuscle n cookie
I think a lot of it depends on the child and the show that is being watched. Some Family Guy/Futurama are OK, but I would still want to watch it with them in case it got too questionable or they had concerns about what was being said/portrayed.
06/25/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Safe? It's not likely to kill them.

I have to ask, you talk about a 13 year old a lot. Do you HAVE a 13 year old? I would imagine that you probably don't since you state your age as 21, but you could be fostering or adopting, so I don't want to assume more than the fact that you likely didn't birth the child. If you're asking because you are seeing another parent's choices and you're questioning them, I'd suggest that you speak to the parent of the child and discuss the things that you think are questionable; and not make conclusions or judgments of the situation until you've heard everything the parent has had to say (and even then, I'd suggest you not make judgments on another person's parenting). It bothers me tremendously when people impose their morality and opinion of what's "right" for a child on parents in general, and even more so when they don't have children. Everyone's a perfect parent until they have children.

But on to the question at hand.

Knowing my children (who are 3 and 5): If my children continue in the way they're developing now, I would not let them watch Adult Swim at 13, but at 14 or 15 they might be more capable of handling the content of those shows. But that's for me and Mr to decide. Not anyone else.
06/25/2011
married with children married with children
I have not seen adult swim, but if it is anything like other shows I have seen on prime time, then no. I guess that writters can only find laughs with jokes about sex. I want my sons to respect women, and you dont see that on tv.
06/25/2011
onehotmomma onehotmomma
My oldest is only 3, but as of now, it's a big fat no. We went and saw the new cars 2 movie, and ever since he's been running around with a pretend gun (a plastic golf club) saying DIE LIGHTNING MCQUEEN! I'M GONNA KILL YOU!...eeek! He does learn from TV, and I don't think I'd let him watch TV shows like that until he's mature enough (in his later teens prob.)
06/26/2011
potstickers potstickers
Well since Adult Swim consists of a good many shows that are not similar to one another, I would say it depends. Shows like InuYasha are completely tame except for the occasional bad word. It also depends on how mature the kid is.

I watched Adult Swim shows since I was 9 or so and I don't think I'm that messed up.
06/26/2011
MJ1337 MJ1337
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
What are/would your rules on this matter be? Would/do you allow yours to watch these types of programs? I'd love to hear your opinions... I kind of need a little advice
I was a teenager once.. I could get the humor. I was also a perv (oh wait, I still am). Watching adult swim wouldn't have change me much... it would just have amused me more
06/26/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
It depends on where they are at maturity wise. I'm pretty open and I'd rather have my kids come to me with questions they have then go elsewhere and potentially wrong information. As far as I am concerned, if the kid is old enough to ask they are old enough to know.
06/26/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
I think a lot of it would depend on the show. I think most of the more adult humor would go over their heads- kids that age are probably more likely to want to watch because other kids at school do than because it's something they'd really enjoy.
06/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
It really does depend on their maturity level. Some kids can handle things that others can't and realize the difference between a joke (no matter how tacky it may be) and something being presented as the way life should be.

The block of shows shown on Adult Swim also isn't meant to be watched by people under 14 I think. I know that they have (or at least did when I was 13 or 14 or so) a disclaimer stating that the following program was not for people under the age of 14. They know the programming isn't the best ever and shouldn't be watched by young kids.

It's really up to you and how you feel as a parent about your child and what they're seeing on TV.
06/26/2011
yrnw yrnw
in general I think 15ish is a good age for that kind of stuff.
However, if I'm watching futurama and a two year old comes and sits in my lap, I really don't consider it to be a big deal. If they're young enough, it'll all go over their heads anyways.
06/26/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Safe? It's not likely to kill them.

I have to ask, you talk about a 13 year old a lot. Do you HAVE a 13 year old? I would imagine that you probably don't since you state your age as 21, but you could be fostering or adopting, so I ... More
yup, I won't be letting my son (5) watch it at 13 if he continues to develop the way he is now, he can't even watch spongebob yet. But each family is different and there is no right or wrong imo unless you are letting them watch porn.
06/26/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Can't really answer properly, as I don't know what this Adult Swim is, but I can guess at the content from reading these posts. My answer is, simply, no.
06/27/2011
ss143 ss143
It would depend on the child and the show in question. My 7 year old def doesn't watch it.
06/28/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
I would allow children under 13 to watch Adult Swim, if they wanted to watch it. I wouldn't recommend it to them, but I would not prohibit them.

So many of us have seen R rated movies before we hit puberty and most of us are mentally healthy. I grew up playing violent video games, watching The Simpsons and playing with toy guns. I have not used those experiences to harm others.

Besides, most kids under 13 would not even understand all the raunchy jokes and random references. They would most likely enjoy the shows for their wacky humor and slapstick comedy.
07/18/2011
Beck Beck
Yes I saw my first porn before that age!
08/02/2011
thebest thebest
Yes, I did.
08/07/2011
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Many children are more capable of handling shows for "older" audiences than many people would like to think. At the same time, many shows for children contain elements or scenes that would frighten or traumatize them without meaning to (TV Tropes would call that "accidental nightmare fuel").

Really, it all depends on the individual child. There's no "one size fits all" answer for this one. There's also, I hate to say, the level of attentiveness from the parents to consider. My parents allowed me to watch things like Monty Python (which frequently had sexual references) and Vampire Hunter D (which was extremely violent), but they made absolutely sure that I understood that I wasn't to repeat much of what I heard and saw in these cases.
08/18/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I wasn't babysitting by the time Adult Swim was created, so I don't know. Although I would wonder why they were up so late in which they could watch it. Bedtime was always by 8p.

Of course, I also let the kids I babysat watch anime from my collection (my collection was mostly martial arts comedies and space operas).
08/18/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
No. I don't even think most adults should have to be subjected to the racist jokes (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, etcetc), jokes about disability (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, etcetc), sexist jokes (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, etcetc), rape jokes (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, etcetc), violent brutal homocides and violent physical assault and battery (Super Jail, ATHF, etc) and so much more without first being warned about what they're getting into. And I don't mean the bullshit warnings AS has currently. I mean like "TRIGGER WARNING: 2 RAPE JOKES AHEAD IN THE NEXT HOUR" (seriously, Family Guy gets into the dozens with that in certain episodes).

There's a HUGE difference between children hearing jokes about sexuality and safe, consensual sex (the example above me was Monty Python, which my mother laughed along with me to when I was younger) and seeing scenarios of implied rape or actual violent rape jokes being made. HUGE difference.
08/18/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
What are/would your rules on this matter be? Would/do you allow yours to watch these types of programs? I'd love to hear your opinions... I kind of need a little advice
For now I don't watch things like South Park or Tosh.O when my son is up. I do watch King of the Hill with him but I don't feel like that is out of line. Family Guy, on the other hand I probably will not watch with him around.

He is only 2 now but I would rather be in the habit of watching better shows with him.

I never realized how crazy some of that stuff is until I had a kid... lol
08/18/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Safe? It's not likely to kill them.

I have to ask, you talk about a 13 year old a lot. Do you HAVE a 13 year old? I would imagine that you probably don't since you state your age as 21, but you could be fostering or adopting, so I ... More
Might be for a younger sibling or relative that they care for, or someone that they babysit. They could be asking on behalf of a friend. You know what they say about assumptions! And safety does not just include physical bodily harm - health and well being are considered in the health care field to include the wellness of the mind and body!
08/18/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by Owl Identified
Might be for a younger sibling or relative that they care for, or someone that they babysit. They could be asking on behalf of a friend. You know what they say about assumptions! And safety does not just include physical bodily harm - health and well ... More
I understand what you're saying. There was a reason I responded the way I did; which I will not get into here...
08/18/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I'm very strict on what my children watch.
08/19/2011
kadytheredpanda kadytheredpanda
I was about 11 when Adult Swim first came on. I watched mostly the anime, especially InuYasha and Yu Yu Hakusho before it came on Toonami edited. I also watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman and the like but definitely not as much as the anime. I loved how surreal everything was. It was my kind of humor. Some of my best elementary school memories were actually from staying up during the weekends to watch the block. XD

I was a really good student and, while not extremely mature, was a lot more mature than my twin brother. As long as my grades were good and I didn't get in trouble, my parents were okay with it for the most part.

I don't currently watch Adult Swim (haven't regularly since I was 16-ish), but I would assume it has gotten even more extreme and crass than it was when it first started.
09/20/2011
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