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Is Mom Overreacting to Kid Seeing Racy Commercial During Morning TV?

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Mom Outraged at Kid Seeing Racy Commercial Has Only Herself to Blame (VIDEO)

by Ericka Sóuter

betrayalFlorida Mom Rebeca Seitz has a major beef with ABC. As she and her child ate their breakfast while watching Good Morning America, they apparently got the shock of their lives. During a commercial break, an ad for the drama Betrayal popped up depicting a steamy sex scene. Seitz was floored that 1) her 8-year-old had witnessed such thing and 2) that the network would air it. "This wasn’t primetime. This was a commercial about a primetime show airing while we all enjoy cornflakes and coffee and wish our kiddos a good morning," she wrote on her blog.

But I have to say, if there is anyone to blame in this situation, it's Seitz herself.

She went on to write, "My kid saw that ... Not because I took him to a movie wholly inappropriate for his age. Not because I quit parenting and just told him to turn on the TV at 10pm and watch whatever."

She posted her "confusion" and disbelief" on Facebook along with a screen shot of the sexy scene and promptly got a warning that she was breaking the sites code of conduct rules. She has since been doing interviews talking about her whole "ordeal."

But I just don’t get this mom’s outrage. GMA is not children’s television. It's a morning news show. By definition, news is not kid-friendly. Seitz says she watches the news with her kids in order to teach them about what is happening in the world. But these shows are not made for children. They cover crime, deaths, murders, stories of a sexual nature. Did she let them sit through the coverage about the Jodi Arias murder trial too?

If you allow your children to watch these programs, you are taking a certain amount of risk over what they will ultimately see on that show and in its TV commercials. That's just the reality of the situation. Ultimately, you are responsible for what your kids see on TV in your own home. I say, keep on Nick, Jr when they are eating their Pop Tarts or better yet, just talk to them about the news stories you think are important for them to know.

CLICK HERE FOR PREVIEW OF ABC'S 'BETRAYAL'

Do you think this mom is overreacting?

by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM
Replies (21-30):
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Aug. 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Not necessarily true, or do you have a source?

I can only speak for my own experience: I was very sheltered and didn't end up having sex, drinking, or doing any kind of drug until I was 18 and out of my parents' house. My parents were not "open" or very communicative about these things, other than to forbid them. I didn't know much about them, and I was far more interested in other things as a result...

Quoting kidlover2:

A little FYI.... The more sheltered your kids are, the more likely they will revolt and do all those "icky" things you have railed against. True fact. Education and open discussions plus a strong family unit is what prevents teenage sex and drugs, not isolation from it. So... Because I allow my child to know what sex is and how it functions and allow her to watch National Geographic therefore I must not have any other limits for her? Wow! That's a large leap of logic. My dd is prepared for the world. She's not afraid of it, nor is she thrown in to it with no idea what's facing her. My sister is raising her daughter to follow her command and shelters her from all things "adult". That's not parenting. That's raising minions.

Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.


kidlover2
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM
http://gmwilliams.hubpages.com/hub/Children-of-Overprotective-Parents-Are-Slated-For-Failure

This is one article of many. Please google all of the research, or whatever search engine you use, it for yourself. I could use my own anecdotal example and say that I was an over protected child and had an extremely difficult time adjusting to the outside world with zero self confidence in myself or in my decision making skills, but I prefer research and evidence when it comes to sociology and psychology.


Quoting Anonymous:

Not necessarily true, or do you have a source?

I can only speak for my own experience: I was very sheltered and didn't end up having sex, drinking, or doing any kind of drug until I was 18 and out of my parents' house. My parents were not "open" or very communicative about these things, other than to forbid them. I didn't know much about them, and I was far more interested in other things as a result...

Quoting kidlover2:

A little FYI.... The more sheltered your kids are, the more likely they will revolt and do all those "icky" things you have railed against. True fact. Education and open discussions plus a strong family unit is what prevents teenage sex and drugs, not isolation from it. So... Because I allow my child to know what sex is and how it functions and allow her to watch National Geographic therefore I must not have any other limits for her? Wow! That's a large leap of logic. My dd is prepared for the world. She's not afraid of it, nor is she thrown in to it with no idea what's facing her. My sister is raising her daughter to follow her command and shelters her from all things "adult". That's not parenting. That's raising minions.



Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.


ajdahd13
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM
I don't see the big deal. By the time my girls know that that is more than kissing, they're old enough to know about sex.
PinkButterfly66
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

This!

Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.


Mrs.Kubalabuku
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

She should record it and screen it, then.  I could see being upset if say, Cartoon Network aired Adult Swim material commercials during "kid hours" but a news program is already going to have a lot of inappropriate stuff.  Like rape cases, murders, child pornography stories, etc.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Did you watch the 2 second clip? This was not a fully nude couple either.


Quoting PinkButterfly66:

This!

Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.



randi1978
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Over reaction.

*says the mom whose kid is watching Underworld 2 currently*

PinkButterfly66
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Agree!  When my daugther was younger we would watch HGTV in the morning.  This was when it was mostly craft shows.  One morning a commercial came on for a horror movie.  It was graphic and violent.  I quickly turned the tv off but I also called my cable company and gave them hell for it.  I told them I wanted to know who in the hell thought it was ok to put that commercial on a cable show that kids could be watching.  The poor customer support guy was apologetic and what ever he said to his manager must have made it up the right channels because I never saw that commercial again on that channel during the day.  But word of note.  Next time call the FCC.  They're the ones that regulate that stuff.

Quoting NDADanceMom:

 i realize that but ratings should be based on everything they play, ads and all.  if they bother to rate a show the ads shouldnt pass the rating.

Quoting Anonymous:

Cable is not regulated like networks. Cable can do anything they want to pretty much. Also at 2am channels can show more anyway.


Quoting NDADanceMom:

 I have to say I have had issues with commercials.  My kids would tivo star trek tng.  Its a perfectly acceptable show for older elementary kids, however it played at 2am on spike.  The commercials were so bad that I had to stop allowing the recordings. 


I wrote to my senator asking they look into the issue.  There are ratings on shows and in my house if a show is over pg you have to put in a code to unlock it, either to record or watch it.  What is the point of that when the commercials were rated r? 


 


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Exactly! This commerical was tame and the kid probably blinked and didn't see it anyway.


Quoting Anonymous:

So your one of those violence is okay moms but oh my god my kid saw a little skin. Lol, do you have any limitations? See, I would take my kid seeing that commercial but would never ever sit and watch GMA with him. Kids are growing up to fast but those commercials are not the reason why. Get a grip. Kids in Europe see much worse than that and they are not all raving sex fiends by the time they are 5 nor do they grow up faster than American kids. Put down the remote and do a little research for once.



Oh, and I am not a liberal either! I have just managed to pull my head out of my ass and looked around outside my little bubble.



Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.


PinkButterfly66
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Still crosses the line.

Quoting Anonymous:

Did you watch the 2 second clip? This was not a fully nude couple either.


Quoting PinkButterfly66:

This!

Quoting GertieK:

NO she is not over-reacting.  You should be able to have the TV on a major news network without your child seeing a fully nude couple having sex.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  There is a REASON there are rules about when this stuff is allowed on tv.  I am just curious, for those who have no problems with it, do you have any limits?  Our poor children have been forced into growing up so fast, and they clearly cannot handle it (as is demonstrated by the number of girls having babies before marriage, education, etc.).  The circle of life is one thing, but naked people having sex on TV first thing in the morning is disgusting.  Typical liberal reaction - blame anyone except the people responsible.  The morning news is not the place for blatant sex.




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