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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

An open letter...

An open letter to those who oversee programming at Teen Nick…

Hello, my name is Steve Olenski. I am married and father of two children ages 5 & 10. Normally my wife and I do not allow our children to watch programming on Teen Nick because, well, they're not teens.

However, we do allow them to watch the TV show Full House, which of course appears on your network on a regular basis and of course is perfectly suitable for them at their current age.

However, what is most assuredly not perfectly suitable for them at their current age are the commercials that appear during the airing of Full House.

More often than not the first spot in the break is for DeGrassi. A fine show I'm sure but not for a 5 & 10 year old, would you not agree?

And more often than not the commercials for this show are quite revealing if you will, with kids in back seats of cars, etc.

Again, not something I want my 5 & 10 year old seeing.

So I’m thinking… how many teenagers who watch DeGrassi also watch Full House? I’m thinking not many.

So the question then is Why show commercials for a show that’s not being seen by the same people you want watching said show? 

Makes no sense.

Oh wait, I know… it’s one of your own shows and since you own the network, you just figured you’d show anything you feel like without thought one of who may be watching.

Does that sound about right?

Or maybe you just have your commercials on auto pilot or something to that effect?

I don’t know and quite frankly I don’t care.

What I do care about is my children. Full House is a marvelous show for kids their age. It teaches some great life lessons in a very entertaining and humorous way. 

When kids learn without knowing their learning, that my friends is gold.

I want to make a personal plea on behalf of all parents of children around the same age as mine to please be cognizant of the fact that there are very impressionable kids watching Full House. 

And these same kids do not need to be exposed to content matter like those seen frequently in DeGrassi and other shows like it. 

Thank you.


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