Quintessence of Childhood

Ella Davis, Reporter

Teenagers and young adults often reminisce about their early childhood, and one topic that always seems to come up when feeling nostalgic is childhood television shows.

I believe that these shows play a huge part of our childhood, and I would even go so far as to say that they can even shape who we are as we grow older.”

I remember clearly when I was younger that I used to love watching Pokémon, Care Bears, and Phineas and Ferb. I strongly believe each of those shows influenced me in their own way. Seeing the star of Pokémon, Ash Ketchum, growing closer each episode with his popular companion, Pikachu, awoke a love in pets in me. After seeing their relationship, I began to look into creating that kind of relationship with my dog, Sophie. Care Bears were a favorite of mine when I was very young, and I remember always wanting to be just like the lovable bears. They taught me to not be afraid to ask for help and to try to make friends. Phineas and Ferb showed me how to have fun; they taught me to be creative and to think for myself. However, as I am hearing about other teens talking about old tv shows, and hearing kids today talking about their favorite shows, I have gathered that what many kids watch regularly is nothing like the shows I used to enjoy.

There have been several occasions when I have been browsing children’s tv, and I have seen things very different from what I watched. I have seen that many shows are completely different from what I used to love. Some examples include Teen Titans being replaced with Teen Titans Go, a show called Uncle Grandpa, and Caillou. The shows mentioned above are examples of programs I have heard young kids referencing, and even people my age have recalled viewing them. Teen Titans Go is a show my own younger brother finds hilarious, but I am not convinced that it is a good influence. After watching it, he started making more inappropriate comments in public. After the connection was made, the show was banned from the household, and his behavior improved. Uncle Grandpa, similar to Teen Titans Go, encourages inappropriate behavior.

Caillou has a bad reputation in general because the main protagonist is an annoying, spoiled toddler, but I think there is something else wrong with it. Caillou often makes bad decisions with no real consequences, and while making mistakes is a part of being human, and it is okay to make them, it is a different story when you become spoiled and never learn from them. I feel Caillou encourages bad behaviors. 

If the shows we watch as young children really influence us that much, we should be careful what kind of shows are being presented. I do not think young kids should be watching nothing but educational TV, but I do think they should be avoiding shows that influence their behaviors in negative ways.