If recent years are any indication of the indecency of the halftime show during the Super Bowl, parents will need to pay attention to what is going to be aired prior to allowing their kids to watch. Young children all the way to teens are very susceptible to being influenced by adult content whether overtly sexual or even with violent undertones.
Parents are usually very eager to watch the halftime for their own pleasure, and it is quite easy to make excuses for throwing caution to the wind when it comes to the children. With the obvious imbalances we have been seeing in the youth of today, with teen murder and suicide rising sharply since last fall and Newtown so fresh in our minds, it would be more prudent to air on the side of caution.
It is ridiculous to blame guns and then not do anything further to shape and mold the young people of today to be safer and better people. What happens when that young teen or preteen gets the idea they want to be a superstar and their life does not even remotely look like that? A discouraged and lost person can be the result. When we let them grow up learning from celebrities what their value is, and where it comes from, real life will never be something they can live with. In the end their “real” worth gets lost.
So parents, don’t shove those feelings of protection to the back where your children are concerned. They really do need you to look out for them. If you don’t do it, then who will? Remember, they don’t have maturity or experience to remind them how to process images of sexual and violet content the way adults do. Adults know there are consequences. Children are still learning this.
Understand you are not alone in wanting to be a responsible parent. How then do you deal with the child who wants to observe halftime with you? Simple, you have something so much more fun for them to do that they do not even miss halftime. Start a Super Bowl tradition. The kids will come to realize that the Super Bowl halftime is “so-old fogey”. Their tradition will come to mean so much more, and you won’t have to worry about the next generation either. Your kids will grow up to have a special “fun-time” for their kids as well.
If you have a gang of kids over to enjoy the game, have a contest to see who can make the best pizza or other snacks to be eaten during the second half. Have all the ingredients ready to go. Let them play a game together such as yard football or a basement football throwing contest. Use “Nerf” footballs and have a blast, or have a face painting contest with team colors. It will be the best 10-20-minutes they ever spent. The best part is they will sit still for the second half and let you enjoy the game too instead of beginning to get tired and whine. This is especially true if they are young.
You can always enlist the help of the teens in your life to throw this halftime bash for the younger kids. Pay them if you need to, but you may be surprised to see how much they enjoy being in charge of the fun. Not only do you shield your youngest children, but you give them a halftime break. Remember how movies used to have a halftime “potty and snack” break? That was a long time ago but it really is a great idea, and you will get a break and “grown-up” time to watch halftime without biting your fingernails wondering what they will blast in front of your kids next.
So, go ahead and protect your children and teens from things you may wish later you hadn’t let them see. Don’t “wait and see” until it’s too late to erase a wardrobe malfunction or some other inappropriate incident from their minds. As parents are coming to realize, protecting and guiding their child’s growing mind is their responsibility. Just do the best you can and hopefully your family will not be one with huge regrets later on. Your kids will thank you too, and maybe even call you their hero.
If you are still wondering what to do, check out the video accompanying this article of previous indecent mishaps from Super Bowl’s past. Keep in mind, these things are just a few of the many inappropriate things your children could be and maybe have been exposed to while watching the “Super Bowl Halftime”.
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