Have you heard all the complaints about the new MTV program Skins that shows graphic depictions of teens, sex, drugs and violence? How did we get here? It's this week's Uncut commentary.
A lot of adults are upset because MTV has crossed the line using actors as young as 15 in roles that sexualizes them.
Now, let me say upfront, I don't like the show. It has kids acting in ways inappropriate for teens. But, let's be honest, we've been spoon-feeding them this stuff for years. You thought they weren't paying attention, now you now they were.
We thought kids knew that all those shows about adults sleeping around and shooting each other and cheating business partners - you know, the popular shows and soap operas - we thought the kids knew those were just make believe, not for high schoolers and under.
Now, we're surprised the 10th, 11th and 12th graders want to act like the post-high school 13th graders they've been seeing on TV and reading about getting in trouble with the law and partying without consequences in what many of us in the media seem to portray as the good life or reality TV.
You watch, within 10 years, we will be outraged because the junior high kids will be acting this way and we'll wonder how it happened.
I heard it many years ago from my own folks, kids learn a whole lot more from a good example than good advice.
You want to send young people a message about how to behave? Try showing them rather than telling them.
My thoughts, tell me yours: firstname.lastname@example.org