I cannot believe I used to watch programmes like Supernanny for entertainment! I just caught a clip of her teaching the time out method to a confused and trusting parent, and I am literally shaking. I feel so sick at the way those poor children were treated, like dogs being trained, talked down to, controlled, ruled over like second class citizens, with no empathy or love for them in the actions used against them. The fear on the children’s faces was so clear and so desperate.
Yet when I used to watch Supernanny, I never saw it. I was so desensitised to the pain those children were going through. I saw what they told me to see – Naughty children, bad children, out of control children. I realise now that I was absorbing the messages they (and the whole of society) were pushing on all of us. But it is a message that lies to us all. When I watch now I see fearful children, desperate for connection and understanding, cowering under the angry and single minded goals of those adults who should be their trusted port of call. I see it all so clearly now.
If you are still watching TV programmes like this, look closer. Don’t listen to what they want you to hear, but see what’s really going on. I wouldn’t treat a rabid dog the way these people are treating children. We wouldn’t stand for it if our elderly members of society were treated like this. We wouldn’t stand for it if people with disabilities were treated like this. We wouldn’t stand for it if our husbands and wives, friends, partners, or even our enemies had endured such disrespect, such suffering in the care of those people who should be protecting them. It is discrimination of the cruellest kind, because these small people are utterly dependent and incapable of standing up for themselves.
It is not right, it is not fair and it has GOT to stop. Open your eyes to the violence that is portrayed as entertainment, and take a stand against it.
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