Family: How are Kids Influenced by Reality TV?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Should parents worry when they see their kids watching reality TV? The Takeaway talks to Kate Dailey, who writes the Human Condition blog for Newsweek. And for a real-life take on what teenagers learn from watching reality TV, we have Grace Rosen, a 17-year-old reality TV fan.

Read Kate's recent blog post about her take on this topic, "Takeaway From The Takeaway: Don't Let Reality TV Turn Your Kids Into Judgmental Jerks".

"With reality television you can't stop it, you can only hope to contain it."
—Kate Dailey on children growing up watching reality TV

For a closer look at this type of programming, watch the clip of Jon & Kate Plus Eight below.

Guests:

Kate Dailey and Grace Rosen

Contributors:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Charlie

I just wanted to correct you. Reality television really started with PBS and The American Family. So you may not want to associate the downfall of society with your fellow public broadcasters.

Jul. 27 2009 11:44 AM
Kim

Those reality shows are absolutely horrendous. Reality shows are actually a lesson for parents, and I hope parents are watching those shows so they can learn how to raise children properly because those kids are absolutely outrageous. There's no morals and no values to be learned from anything there.

Jul. 27 2009 11:40 AM

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