Teenage Wasteland The Disney Effect Mikaela Foster

“How bad would it be if for one second I ripped her head off her body?”

“Your voice is stingy, your music is stupid, your outfits makes me wanna puke on them… but it looks like somebody already did.”

“I wish you and dad had never met!”

I’m 12 years old. I don’t know what it was like 40 years ago, but I think I am 87.246% sure that the relationship between parents and children was better back then. My theory for why is: electronics. That includes the TV, computers, video games – everything. The main thing? Television shows. Yes, I admit that I still watch Wizards of Waverly Place and iCarly sometimes (Not Hannah Montana, though), but I recognize that the way kids behave on those shows is inappropriate. And if I acted the way that Alex Russo or Sam Puckett act in my own house? Dude. I would be in so. much. trouble. Or at least more than I usually am.

The quotes at the top of this post really are from TV shows like Wizards of Waverly Place, iCarly and Hannah Montana. The audience watching those shows are usually girls who are 4-12 years old.

Some little girls can be so rude. Honestly, I don’t think its because they were born brats, but because they watch these shows where 16-year-old girls act like brats and they copy them. It gives little girls the impression that, “Oh, hey! Alex Russo acts mean and she’s Selena Gomez. That means it’s cool to act that way too!”

I suppose what I am getting at is that if you are a parent and don’t like the way your kid is talking to you, maybe you should turn the TV off and make them go outside (EVEN if they don’t want to).

(Image via Disney Channel Wikia)

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  1. I have to say, I read just three posts of yours and I already think you’re more mature than a LOT of 20 years old I know. You’re making me hope again that the new generations aren’t as screw’d up as they seem. Seriously, I gave math lessons to a 12 years old girl and, while trying not to frown at the 80$ permanent pedicure she got for her birthday, I saw that she wasn’t able to write sentences that were longer than half a line.
    Hence, my heart rose when I saw how well you write. I hope there are more of you.

    (Oh, if I made any mistake over there, please know I’m not a native speaker of English…)

  2. i totally understand! yeah I’m not that old, but younger kids think that they can get away with anything just like hannah montana or iCarly can. My childhood was based around Thats So Raven, and luckily only the occasional “OH SUNAP!” outburst has rubbed off. But there are some shows now that i just can’t relate to and wish that younger kids couldn’t relate to because of those bratty, bossy leads. You go girl shedding some light on those pesky brainwashing shows

  3. :)

  4. You. Are. AMAZING! I really hate to see what Disney is becoming. You have no idea how much I miss shows like Lizzie McGuire! I love reading your posts!

  5. NO KIDDING… although i’d never have expected someone as young as you to notice! Props to your AND your parents for (BEING a great kid) and raising a great kid…
    keep it up little lady!

  6. way to go!

  7. you rock.

  8. hey,mikaela!great points brought up here!keep developing that critical thinking of yours.i have to say though that entertainment is what it is and parents should not rely on tv to raise smart kids.a pleasure reading your post.

  9. I love this! Great article! I’ve thought this all the time when I watch those shows(even though I have a guilty pleasure for watching them), and I wonder how they can talk about being a great role model for kids, if this is what the endorse. Anyways, I love your posts, keep it up!

  10. Mikaela, I wish I knew a girl as cool as you when I was 12!

  11. Love this.

  12. Amen! Keep on rockin’ the intelligence, it will turn out to be pretty useful over the next few years :)

  13. Nicely put!

  14. Way to go, Mikaela! I never would have gotten away with acting like that, either. Give your parental units high fives for what they have already taught you, and try to listen to them in the coming years. It’s hard, but they’re (annoyingly) usually right. You rock!

  15. You pretty much rock. Keep rocking. The world thanks you.

  16. As much as I agree with your point about those shows; I have to say that turning off the TV is a lazy parents solution. True parenting would be to teach your kid that whatever they see on TV is not applicable in real life and that they should have a character and mind of their own. If kids nowadays are rude it’s not solely because of TV. It’s because of parents who lack parenting skills and depend on TV to raise their kid thus blame the media as a result.

    • Word. My daughter’s 7, and we’re pretty open about what she watches. But her father and I watch with her and we talk about it. I consider it a part of my job. As it turns out, the kid prefers “The Simpsons” to Disney and Nick stuff. And we talk about it.

      It’s not just TV, though. Books, too. I’m so glad my daughter’s outgrowing the Junie B. Jones stage. Talk about a horrible kid. But now she’s heavily into “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, which also is pretty rude. Can we just stick to Beverly Clearey?

      Excellent post, Mikaela!

  17. You make a great point, and you talk so much sense in such a short text. Good one, babes, I’m sure you will do great!

  18. You might just be the coolest 12 year old out there.