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50 Shades of Frustration

50 Shades of Frustration

Those of you who know me well know that I am a person of strong passion and conviction. I am fiercely loyal, intensely focused, and highly opinionated.

If you’re a newer reader here, you’ve probably not seen this side of me as much as those who know me well have seen it. I’ve learned, from numerous mistakes, that there are many things that are better left unsaid online.

We have a very diverse group of readers here and I don’t feel like my calling is to stir up debate and controversy. Instead, I want to encourage, inspire, and challenge you to live lives of intention and purpose.

So most of my strong words and passionate beliefs are reserved for conversations with those I know best. However, every once in awhile, I just cannot hold back… and today is one of those days.

I hadn’t planned to blog about the whole 50 Shades debate. It’s long been swirling and, with the movie releasing this week, it’s escalating to epic proportions. While I believe that some debate and intense conversations can be healthy and helpful, much of the debate has seemed to be polarizing and divisive. In my (yup, strong!) opinion, conversations that only serve to create an “us” versus “them” mindset don’t foster anything worthwhile.

As a result, I’ve skipped over blog posts and Facebook posts on the subject and kept silent on the topic. We don’t need any more division in our ranks than it seems we already have.

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But after this morning, I can keep silent no longer.

You see, Silas (my 5-year-old) had finished most of his Daily List and was getting ready to watch a YouTube LeapFrog video on my phone. I’d picked one out for him, clicked on it, and then was sitting next to him fixing one of the girl’s hair while he started to watch it.

As soon as it began playing, I knew something was seriously wrong. He flipped the phone over face down and acted very surprised. I could tell that the sounds coming from the phone weren’t LeapFrog sounds at all.

I quickly took the phone away to see what it was and was AGHAST to realize that it was a 50 Shades of Grey commercial playing!!! Yes, it was playing before a kid’s educational movie clip on YouTube. For real!

To say I was upset and frustrated was an understatement. So was my husband.

I know that YouTube is not completely safe no matter how many controls we put on it. I get that. And that’s why we’re careful to keep close tabs on what our kids are watching when they do watch YouTube clips.

But seriously? Surely YouTube could at least have the decency to ban commercials for R-rated movies from kid’s channels!!

It was a stark reminder to me that no matter how careful I am as a parent, my children are going to be exposed to things that I wish they wouldn’t be exposed to. I cannot completely bubble wrap their lives from things I feel are objectionable and unhealthy for them to be filling their minds with.

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What Can We Do?

As I thought about this more over the course of the day, I realized that while it’s our job as parents to nurture our children, protect their little minds, and instill good values in them, there are ways we can take this a step further.

Instead of just being on the defensive and reacting to the bad attitudes, poor examples, and objectionable things they are exposed to, let’s become offensive and start being proactive about raising our children to be upstanding adults of strong character.

Here are 4 ways we can be on the offensive in our home:

1. We Can Provide Wholesome Role Models for Our Children

It has been well said that you become like the three people you’re closest to.

In the books we read to our kids, the media we watch as a family, the friends our children spend the most time with, and the teachers and coaches they have, we are seeking to have our children regularly rub shoulders with many wise mentors and models.

2. We Can Surround Our Children With Beauty & Purity

We want our kids to appreciate beauty and purity on a deep level, so we are encouraging them to read and listen to good books, develop a love of hymns and classical music, try their hand at drawing and painting, study historical men and women of character, and love the beauty of nature.

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3. We Can Fight For Our Marriage

A strong marriage takes enormous amounts of work, but it’s so worth fighting for. We’ve committed to do our best to prioritize our marriage over our kids, spend intentional time each week investing our marriage, constantly look for things to praise and express gratitude for in each other, and work hard to have honest communication between the two of us.*

4. We Can Teach Our Children to Be Critical Thinkers

We don’t want our children to blindly follow our beliefs or the beliefs of others. From the time they were little, we have asked them deep, open-ended questions on a variety of subjects (we let them answer and then we often follow up with, “Why do you believe that?”), encouraged them to question what they hear and make sure it’s valid, and to never accept anything at face value.

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How are you promoting beauty, wholesomeness, and a strong marriage in your home?

Note: This is a sensitive topic and one that could be highly controversial. By writing this post, I am not seeking to open a Pandora’s box of debate on whether or not you should read or watch 50 Shades. Because of this, comments of that nature will be deleted. Instead, I’d love to hear you chime on what you’re doing to promote beauty, wholesomeness, and a strong marriage in your own life and in the lives of your children.

*Update: Please note that section on marriage in this post was written for couples who are in healthy relationships where both parties love each other and want to work on issues together and personally. If your spouse is abusive, please, please, please don’t hide the abuse out of fear or let your spouse convince you it’s your fault. Get help immediately.

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  • says:

    The exact thing happened on a funny singing/teaching monkey Youtube video required by my 5yo’s Spanish teacher. A cancer ad with people proclaiming over and over and OVER how much they love “boobies” really shocked my kids!

    Some of my children’s personalities are such that I am certain it is critical to build a good moral foundation that is rooted within their hearts, not just barked at them. Including much emphasis on the ‘why’ of our faith.

  • says:

    How frustrating! I agree completely with strengthening our kids… we can’t shelter them forever, and things – like this! – pop up despite our best efforts.

    My husband and I came up thirteen areas we work on with our boys – it was specifically inspired around the idea of strengthening them to avoid porn while they are still too young to actually discuss porn with –

    It’s a constant battle for our children’s minds – isn’t it?!

  • Joy says:

    I think we should add that we can also educate our children about our bodies and sex according to God’s Word beginning at a young age. We can teach them about modesty. And we can teach them about what types of images are appropriate in magazines, books, & on tv and movies.

  • Jessica says:

    I’ve been gathering my thoughts all morning since I read this, because this post actually bothers me quite a bit. What I’m able to write is that I prefer to think of these instances as “teachable moments.”

    I also wanted to recommend that you the Leapfrog or whoever is in charge of their youtube programming. Reach out to them on social media or directly through a phone call or email.

    • Jo says:

      We’ve ed YouTube about it, but that’s a great idea to also LeapFrog. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Brenda says:

      Teachable moments are NOT the same as pornography showing up on your child’s screen.
      Teachable moments are things like sharing, forgiving, walking away from bad situations that kids age five should be facing not pornogrphy.
      Pornography is INSTANTLY dangerous because it causes permanent images that arouse powerful physical drives to be installed in your child’s memories. Every exposure causes damage to future relationships.
      The addictions caused by pornography are overwhelming and extreme.
      The average age of exposure to pornography in America is 8years old but it looks like five is about the age now.
      It cannot be viewed with any degree of tolerance. There is too much at stake.

  • says:

    Thank you for writing about this and all the other heads ups in the comments. According to my 11 year old there is an inappropriate ad (not video) in the mine craft forums. He didn’t realize it was inappropriate, he just thought it was strange. He has also come across nudity in Stars Wars Old Republic video game in the bounty hunter class. My 5 year old also watches Leap Frog on Netflix and when I type to search for it (he is watching me) sometimes a movie comes up and nudity is shown. Even when searching for comics movies, inappropriate selections come up. It’s pretty sad for kids these days. Silas did a great job responding appropriately.

    • says:

      Sorry, the ad I thought was inapproriate on the Minecraft forums was actually an ad for the movie Kingsman. It really is important to teach our children well though. Thanks for the ways we can be proactive about these things.

      • says:

        I am in Canada so our Netflix setup may be different then yours (i know in the US you can create favorites lists etc and I can’t) but I have my kids setup with a kids account so it will only show them titles for kids… Definitely not perfect especially since there are a lot of violent movies etc BUT it does seem to assist in keeping the icky images away!

    • Sondra H says:

      I’m not sure how Netflix works on other applications, but we use ours on the Xbox. It worked the same on the ps3 and 4.
      You can set up “profiles” in these apps. We have a profile that’s just for the parents which is regular Netflix then we set up one that’s for kids. Netflix has an option for “kids only” shows and movies, so nothing racy ever shows up when it’s in kids only mode. It’s definitely helped keep my kids eyes away from those shows and movies that insist on using nudity for their front covers.

  • Amy says:

    I had the exact same thing happen when I started a youtube video of the old original TMNT for my son. I had to distract him from the TV until I could “skip” the ad to get to the show. I was also appalled! Thank you for writing this and the ideas you gave on what we can do.

  • says:

    I am struggling as a single mom living with parents who don’t have faith, to raise my children in the love of God. Fortunately, my parents do have a strong marriage and this may sound silly, but they fight in front of everyone over silly things, now that is clearly not the ideal way to do it, BUT growing up I learned through them having their spats and being open to us about how you can fight or butt heads while loving each other. We are a very open family whether it is about finances, to differences of opinion. Every ones thoughts are valuable and worthy of being heard. I pray that my children gain wisdom from this living experience and grow to make their own educated decisions on topics dear to their hearts.

    As far as your youtube fiasco goes I have Google ChromeCast (its about 30 dollars) and i cast directly from my ipad or computer to the TV. It does NOT play the commercials which is a great help!! If you have a tv that can have this it is a GREAT way to not only watch things as a family, but to also avoid the almost always scary commercials we see on our regular devices!

  • Jay says:

    I think it is good to support good wholesome movies. is coming out in select theaters the same day as 50 Shades but opposite values.

  • says:

    YouTube’s ad content is an ongoing source of frustration for us, and our children (like Silas) know to turn the device over and hand it to one of us if something “strange” starts to play before the clip we’ve approved for them. One of the most significant things we’ve done to promote “beauty, wholesomeness and a strong marriage” in our home is to turn off the TV… for good. This gives our children much more time to read, practice music and engage in creative play. When we do occasionally watch videos online, we choose programs that are in alignment with our family’s values and educational goals. This allows us to avoid mainstream shows on TV and the commercials that go with them. (‘Tis a bit more difficult to turn THAT device over!)

  • sarah says:

    As a child psychologist I help parents with this issue all the time and agree with you list. It is an increasingly growing problem as access to technology and the moral compass of what is seen on technology continues to decline. The only think I would add to your list is to encourage parents to have conversations with your kids often about issues like this. Crystal, your child quickly flipped the phone over, it’s important to talk to him about why he flipped it, praise him for making a good choice, and help understand at a developmentally appropriate level why watching certain things is not ok. As a parent taking those opportunities to instil values and allowing him to express how he felt when the advertisement started paves the way for those more challenging conversations that are sure to come further down the line.

    Images and words find their way into children’s minds at a young age, even subconsciously and we don’t often realize the impact it is having. That is why open, calm conversations about sensitive topics like this are so important to have with your children. They need to know that just because something upset mom or dad/mom or dad don’t approve of something etc. that they can still come to you and talk about their feelings and thoughts.

    ***Crystal I am sure you did this but just want to put it out there because I feel that it is an important reminder for parents.

  • Virginia Smith says:

    As we were coming home from school today there was a radio commercial for the movie and my 10 year old daughter said that is going to be a stupid movie. I was a little shocked because I have not discussed it in front of her. Glad though that she thought it was stupid. She was watching Goosebumps on her nook when an advertisement for the movie came on. I am very concerned that they are addressing such a young audience. What happens to the children that don’t have proper guidance at home? They will think this is OK. It saddens me deeply.

  • Kim says:

    Thank you Crystal for the heads up. I have 2 little boys who watch Netflix and you tube on the iPad. I’ve been thinking about “losing” the iPad and you’ve helped me decide to do just that. I fear what they are exposed to when I’m not around. I support our family financially andI have to work a lot of hours. Unfortunately my husband and I do not agree when it comes to what is and is not appropriate for our boys. I constantly have to ask him to turn off movies or tv with language or subject matter that isn’t appropriate. It is frustrating to say the least. Sometimes I struggle with wanting to separate just for the good of our boys because their dad is not a good example for them. He is not a Christian and I am which makes things very difficult.

    • Jessica says:

      Kim, I just wanted you to know that my heart went out to you when I read this I will pray for strength and peace for you today, and for your husband to come to know the love Whose name is Jesus Christ.

      I fervently hope that you have other Christian families near you to give emotional support to you and your husband. Men need that “bolster” just as much as women do; seeing another man act as a leader and a devoted Christian would be powerful for your own husband.

      God bless you. I wish I could give you a big hug and pray with you, but know that my thoughts will be with you today.

  • Tiffany Erb says:

    This very thing happened to me last week when I pulled up a video for my daughter to help learn her 8 times tables. I was also appalled that they would have such a commercial on a children’s video! Thank you for the reminder of what an impact we are on our kids and how important it is for us to behave in that way that we are.

  • Karen H says:

    I so agree with your stance on issues such as this. As a parent, it is our duty to educate our children, nourish their bodies, motivate their energies to broaden their horizons, protect them from the nasties in the world and set their feet on a path to successful adults. A parent can only do so much but it is with great joy when, as watching your children develop into responsible adults, you know you did it right. They won’t thank you, but they will appreciate all you did for them.

    All that said, I was interested in the striking black and white photos in your blog today. In the world of color photography, how did you do that? They are beautiful.

  • Sioux says:

    Just to add what I do to control youtube and other online videos I use for teaching my kids: I use a simple file converter, Google “get videos off YouTube”, you put in the link to the video and it downloads the video to your computer- delete when done, OR upload it to your own personal private youtube channel, that you can set all the controls for.

  • AJ says:

    I was looking up Christian Country music and before the playlist an ad for an explicit horror film played that we could not skip…so yeah YouTube is done as far as the kids go. But since you can’t keep them out of the world, I have taken the time to explain to them the nature of the “deceitful heart”. And how people are sometimes led the wrong way in life from following their “heart” or “feelings”. This is all coming from a Bible based family. Any who, for whatever reason (maybe because we believe its the truth), that simple explanation has guarded my children from having to make sense of things that are yet beyond their understanding, AND has kept them from growing into judgmental little Christian children. I want them to understand the world around them as, “yes, that is Right and that is Wrong, and either way I am supposed to love.”… until the next episode this is what we have figured out 😉

  • Susan says:

    I really like your blog and message, but this touched a spot in me that hurts.

    I promote love and care in my home but I am also getting divorced. I fought for my marriage for years and sacrificed and kept secrets. He’s still angry and a year and a half ago he got violent and I realized no matter what I can’t fix all problems on my own. And I did not want that example for my kids. To save my kids & myself, I filed for divorce. He’s still angry and I can’t change him, only me and the example I show my kids, which is love.

    If that makes me unwholesome so be it. I’d rather be that and happy then living with such sadness. I feel this was very judgemental and you have never been that in the years I have been following you.

    • Jo says:

      Please know that there was absolutely zero judgment intended in this post. I actually re-wrote the part about marriages three times before posting because I didn’t want it to come across in a way that would be hurtful toward those who tried to salvage a marriage and it just didn’t happen. When I write posts on marriage, I always write them to couples where both parties are willing to put forth effort and work on the marriage. I know that that is often not the case and do not ever want someone to feel judged as a result.

      I’m going to go back and add this to that part of the post so that you and others in your situation will know that section was not written for you:

      Note: This post was written for couples who are in healthy relationships where both parties love each other and want to work on issues together and personally. If your spouse is abusive, please, please, please don’t hide the abuse out of fear or let your spouse convince you it’s your fault. Get help immediately.

      Also, I know you are hurting very much right now and I just want you to know that I just stopped and prayed for you. {Hugs!}

    • says:

      I wish I could dive through the computer screen and give you a big bear hug! As someone who has been divorced, I know the pain you are going through. (My husband for left me for someone else. After fighting for my marriage for a year, divorce was inevitable!)

      The Lord wouldn’t ask you to stay in a violent relationship. Leaving was a wholesome example for your children!

      I’m sorry that you had to endure the pain that you did. I’m sorry that you are walking through a divorce. I’m sorry that you’re hurting!!!

  • Charity says:

    I feel so dumb….I seriously have no clue what 50 Shades of Grey is. Back to my bubble….

  • Jen says:

    I am so sorry your 5 yr old saw inappropriate images on your phone, but kudos to you, momma, that when he did, he put the phone down and didn’t keep watching. We teach our boys to look away from inappropriate images, and it sounds like that is just what your 5 yr old did! Now to pray that the images do not remain in his “file”.

  • Maria says:

    Unfortunately, these moments are occurring more often than not anymore, and it’s an interesting time to see the character of your children when it occurs. My daughter was doing a school assignment on an iPad at school looking up “contagious” on their web browsers when she somehow got an image of male genital herpes on it. She covered her screen and discreetly showed it to the teacher; she told us it made the teacher look green looking at it. The school followed their set polices, informed us before she came home, and immediately took her tablet and started an investigation on how it got through their systems. My daughter has been very discreet about it and understands what she saw was an accident and not to be talked about with her friends. She has been praised for her judgment and actions. Our children cannot be sheltered and protected from everything, so we must equip them with the knowledge and judgment of what to do when something like this occurs.

  • says:

    From a positive, upbeat perspective: 50 shades of God-ordained opportunity!!! Many times ads on youtube are inappropriate as a lead to a Christian offering ~ wondering if they cycle as to specific ad and someone doesn’t realize they can include updated unwanteds. Have read financial websites that have taken down ads due to not be as in charge as promised. However ~ God wasn’t sleeping with your or any person’s experience such as this. What a teachable moment ~ an opportunity as a believer to reach out with God’s grace and mercy to not only youtube and the video channel…but, also, your family and readers! The world is upside down, we all begin in the same boat, and the gospel is what tilts it and us proper. Have been seeing this as a theme on many sites recently. These two books specifically touch my heart:

    World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight by Dan Phillips ~ The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies(sample reading at following links).

    Never too young to begin, individual maturity levels kept in mind ~ possibly Silas didn’t grasp other than it wasn’t Leap Frog if the ad was the movie trailer(doubt the initial frames were as expressive as they likely progress). I’ve come across recycled programming that would have been televised when I was his age ~ never picked up then on the “extras” included even from way back when things felt a bit more benign, family friendly.

    God bless <3

  • Courtney says:

    Great post, Crystal! My personal pet peeve is tv commercials for male “dysfunction” drugs such as Viagra that are shown during family programming. Ugh!

  • Melanie says:

    Did this happen with the “safety mode” setting on? If so, I’m going to YouTube. What’s the point of having a safety mode setting if they are still going to play content that isn’t appropriate for children?

    As a child, I could watch whatever I wanted. When I say whatever I wanted, I’m not exaggerating. I remember going with my mom to rent scary movies when I was around 9 or 10 years old. To this day, I wonder what my mother what thinking. I have first hand knowledge on the effects of being exposed to inappropriate things too early. That’s why I’m very cautious about what my children are exposed to. I don’t want them to have the same issues that I developed.

    I appreciate you writing this without being judgmental toward the opposite side of what you believe in when it comes to this topic. 🙂

  • Amanda S says:

    Can i just say that I am shocked this movie is not rated NC-17?? From what I am hearing about this (I haven’t read the books and don’t plan to) it is VERY “adult” and we are only making it rated R?? And yes if it very inappropriate then commercials should be limited to only airing on late night TV or certain websites – not everywhere!

  • says:

    Ugh. I truly believe it should be illegal to advertise a movie/show during content that has a lower rating than the thing being advertised.

  • Rachel says:

    Interesting. I have a very small child (still toddler years), and am a first-time mommy. All this uproar about 50 Shades has helped me begin preparing for this exact thing. It has taken a week of all this hoo-ha for me to begin to sift through and find what I truly believe. Thank you for articulating how I feel! We need more encouraging things like this to provoke thought about various issues-not just 50 Shades. Thanks again 🙂

  • Bev says:

    We never see commercials on YouTube or any other place for that matter and no ads on websites because we installed 2 blockers on our Firefox browser. We use Ad Blocker Plus and Ghostery – works great and we no longer have to wonder what will come up! I also love reading the news and blogs without ads! 😉 It also speeds up your browsing, or at least it did for me as there is less to load!

  • says:

    We don’t live near family so we opt to participate in parents night out at our local ymca and have a date night at least once a month to strengthen our friendship and marriage. I do what I can to protect his innocence as long as I can because my heart longs for him to live in ignorant childhood bliss until the day it’s time to do otherwise. I try to be a gatekeeper and I think that’s all most parents can be. Great post.

  • vanessa says:

    The library is a great option for these movies. No worries about the ads. We dropped Amazon Prime too to save $.

  • says:

    Two things to add, in addition to enabling Safety Mode, is that if you are viewing YouTube on a desktop, you can use a browser Add-On such as Ad Blocker Pro which will block all ads on YouTube! There are also some YouTube-specific ad blockers as well, I believe. Also, word is that Google will be announcing a Kids YouTube app within the next few days.

  • says:

    I’m a little late to the discussion because I’m just now catching up with my blog reading. (I have a four month old.)

    I love that Silas knew to turn the phone over…how and at what age did you teach him this?

    I’d also love to know more about teaching children to be critical thinkers and the questions you asked them!

  • Nicola says:

    Love this read. My husband I believe that it is so important to prepare our kiddos so that when they encounter different things they are prepared with the tools.
    My husband and I work hard to model a loving relationship before our kiddos. One small thing he does that makes me feel special is that he greets me before the kids when he gets home. We also swap babysitting with another family once a month for date nights. Didn’t know if you are aware of YouTube kids?

  • Nova says:

    Hi Crystal,
    First let me just say that I am loving you more & more each day, sister! In a season where I am trying to purge a lot of unhelpful info/input from my life, I find your posts to be well worth my time. They build UP, not tear down. Even in the housekeeping/managing posts, an area where I SERIOUSLY struggle as a single working mama, I feel inspired when I read your posts bc they’re actually HELPFUL. (PS. Started making my bed everysingleday bc of you!)

    Regarding this post, I recently had to kindly ask all my adults friends NOT to hand their phones over to my 5 yr old. A lot of well-meaning, lovely people think they are being loving by sharing their phones with my son. Not only do I want to guard his heart again excessive screen time & inappropriate images, but I want him to enjoy real, live PEOPLE and not become numb to meaningful human interaction. BROKE.MY.HEART when recently I engaged an upstanding young man (recent college grad I trust completely) from our small church to come babysit for an hour. J said, “YES!!! Joel is coming over??? He’s my FAVORITE guy!!!” I chuckled and said, “What do you want to play while he’s here?” To which he replied, “I want to play on his phone!” ?!?!?!?!?!? Our favorite person comes over to visit, & all we want…. is to ignore him & use his phone???? Argh!

  • says:

    Wow’ This post came to me via Facebook just on the right day.

    I, too, have had this happen to our kids. They where playing a (very innocent) game on my phone when my son brought me the phone and said “um, Mom! I don’t think I’m supposed to see this!” It was a half naked woman advertising a game. I had played that game numerous times myself and never encountered advertisement on it. Needless to say, we had a discussion right then and there.

    Today, we (my kids & I) were watching ABC Family (tv channel) and the commercials that were coming on were appalling to say the least. Definitely not ‘family’ values. Worse, they kept coming on. Here we were watching a movie meant for children and over 90% of the commercials were adult content. I was quite frustrated and my son said to me “we know that’s not right Mom. We know not to do that.” Honestly, my children should not have to feel that way or say that to me…… it’s a family station with a family movie on!

    I can remember watching toy commercials when I was young… not commercials for adult situations.

    It’s so sad, isn’t it?

  • Sharon Hartwig says:

    When my kids were younger I let them watch this show on a channel called G2. The show was specifically for children and as I had seen it before, and approved, I used this time to get some laundry done. After awhile I walked back into the room to find my son sitting there with his hands over his eyes while a Girls Gone Wild commercial was on!

  • says:

    These are great principals to instill in our children. My husband and I do our best to show our children we love each other, it’s important to say your sorry and we do our best to have set them up to have a true relationship with Jesus. Have you ever read “Loving Our Kids on Purpose”? I think you would really enjoy it. 🙂

  • valerie says:

    Oh I hate when that happens.

  • Sharon says:

    Well said.

    You cannot protect your children from the filth and danger of the adult world. You handled the problem to the best of your abilities.

    Your children are in danger from people who hide behind facades of goodness. Acknowledging their existence, talking with your children and educating yourself are your weapons to protect your family.

  • Lissy says:

    I totally agree with you! I don’t understand why YouTube doesn’t band those kinds of commercials out of kids channels! The reality is that we are raising children in a society when sexual immorality is prevalent and accepted as “normal.” As a Christian family we try our very best to protect our children’s innocence and I think we are doing a good job at it. I believe that not all is lost and we, as parents, can instill good values to our children. Please keep writing.

  • Erin says:

    This happened to us watching a kid’s cooking competition on food network. Not a kids channel, but I think networks need to be more vigilant about what they air when their audience is not what it normally would be. It just feels like nothing is safe anymore. Thank you for posting.

  • Amanda P says:

    I haven’t personally tried this yet, but reading your post makes me think that I should. This link provides information on how you can set up a safe YouTube

  • Jill says:

    Silas did a fantastic job responding!
    Things like this are one of the reasons I’m beginning to despise YouTube. We have actually removed YouTube and put on YouTube Kids. Not perfect (my daughter learned about “purple nurples” from the show “Jessie”), but better. My son picked up too many unfortunate things from YouTube before we made this change. 🙁

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