I was watching Law & Order Special Victims Unit. The episode involved a fourteen-year-old boy who raped 3 girls, between the ages of ten and twelve, and one boy, aged ten. The boy was found “not guilty by reason of mental defect”, or something like that.
Honestly, Josh and I can say that we both agreed with the ruling. While we’re not condoning what the boy did, he was obviously confused and needed help. Sticking him in prison was not going to help him.
But what gets me was the blaming of the media. Yes, there is a lot of sex in the media but its the job of the parents to keep that away from their kids. Internet access should either be restricted or tracked (Josh and I are still working on how we want to work it with our kids). Television and DVD-viewing should also be restricted and monitored. FFS, Sony already has controls built into the PS2 when it comes to DVDs. It even sees Shrek as “adult material”. My kids love that movie, but they also don’t get the jokes. For now, the movies are good for them, and as they get older and start to understand more of the jokes, we’ll explain it to them, and you, know, TALK to them.
I’m tired of hearing the media being blamed for every thing a child/minor does, because the parents didn’t care enough, or take enough time, to invest in their child’s future. Just because you’re a lazy parent, doesn’t mean I, nor society, should have to pay for your laziness.