Rather a controversial title, eh? I'll explain.
A while back, my wife and I had noticed an uptick in the eloquence of my 13daughter when she was being insolent. For example, she'd cry, "You people!" and pirouette out of the room when she didn't like something. And there have been other examples of this where has suddenly developed a flair for the dramatic.
And it all comes from the Disney Channel.
My daughter often has the DC on the main living room TV when I get home from work. I usually don't pay attention but the other day I heard one of the girl characters exclaim, "You people!" and march out of a talk with her mother. I watched with sudden interest the remainder of the show.
I kept waiting for the girl to be chastised or otherwise get some sort of comeuppance for the lack of respect she showed her mother. It never happened. There was no consequence at all.
Since then I've been watching these shows with interest. Phil of the Future, The Suite Life, and others. And I've noticed that while the settings and story backgrounds may be different, the child characters all behave more or less according to - I guess - some super-secret Disney formula. And most, to be fair not all, of the characters are disrespectful to or smarter than their parents.
I know this appeals to kids. Kids love shows where kids out-smart or out-sass adults. But some kids, and my daughter is apparently one of them, see this as behavioral norm. Disney is showing my kids how to disrespect me!!!
Anyone else have teens or pre-teens who like the Disney Channel and may have noticed the same pattern?