As a conservative mom, I’ve not been a fan of Nickelodeon for a very long time. This is sad, given that it was our channel staple for many years growing up. I remember it being the source for many great and innocent shows… Double Dare (I couldn’t get enough of that one), The Dick Van Dyke Show (this one we enjoyed every night as a family) and many others. But things have changed in the last 15 plus years and what was a great family channel has now been hijacked and has become a tool for all kinds of ridiculous liberal indoctrination that is mentally feeding our children across the country everyday.
I’ve become exasperated and disenchanted with all of the ridiculous teeny-bopper shows that flood the airwaves and even more so with all of the environmentalist propaganda that is geared towards even those in the cradle. Shows that used to be limited to teaching the ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s and which shape is the octagon, now constantly are using their cartoon characters to preach to our children new messages. Most parents aren’t paying attention and feel that if it’s Nick Jr, Nickelodeon or some other kid’s channel than it must be okay—no need to scrutinize.
While my main source of irritation and disgust has been directed to the non-stop global warming sermons directed at our pre-schoolers and elementary aged children, there has been recent whistleblowers that have brought to light some extremely disturbing activities and games that is being encouraged through Nickelodeon websites.
Up until a few days ago, Nick websites had links directing young children to another website called www.AddictingGames.com. Addicting Games is full of hyper-sexualized and violent games geared directly to children. Games such as:
Naughty Classroom: “Remember that teacher you had a crush on…the subject of your adolescent dreams? Presenting our mouth watering version of the ultimate teacher-goddess! Here’s your chance to fulfill your ultimate childhood fantasy!”
Nancy Balls: “You can try to keep women out of congress, but it’s going to be really difficult. Take their shoes away and collect guns. That’s how to be a MAN.”
You Da Sperm! What has this woman been eating where there are apparently jellyfish inside her uterus??
Perry the Sneak: where gamers take the role of a peeping Tom trying to catch revealing glimpses of scantily clad and naked women. (When Perry sneaks about 10 glimpses of a naked woman, he is rewarded by getting to jump into the shower with her.)
Naughty Gym Teacher: “These giggly schoolgirls cannot get enough of their hot male gym instructor, and they will resort to the naughtiest tricks to get what they want!” the game raves.
While exploring this further, I’ve learned through Newsbusters that Nick and Addicting Games are actually sister companies, both owned and operated by Viacom. They also reported:
Vanessa’s Naughty Pics: A thinly-veiled reference to Disney Channel starlet Vanessa Hudgens, whose nude photos made their way around the internet in 2007. The object of this game is to “follow Vanessa wherever she goes” and try to get “valuable, compromising photos of her.”
Kiss-Mat: At a “party where whisky flows” the point of this game is to “get up close and lip lock” with a celebrity.
Naughty Detective: The description reads: “Boyfriend been working late too many nights in a row…transform into Detective Jealous and catch your partner in the act!”
Breeder: The object of this downright weird game is to get bunnies to procreate.
Sorority Panty Raid: Players sneak into a sorority house in order to collect panties.
Hit & Strip: Successfully soak other characters with water balloons and players will get to see their underwear.
While researching through various websites and blogs, I came across a number of parents who, after learning about this and knowing their children are regularly on Nick websites, searched through their history and saw that their children had been exposed to and played these various games.
Nick has defended their actions by saying that anything that might be “edgy or inappropriate” will have a small “bomb” beside it. Really? Does anybody really believe that that is a sufficient action for any eight or nine year old perusing through their website? Give me a break!
It looks like Nick has had about 9,000 emails and complaints come through their system by proactive, concerned and angry parents. The pressure has worked a bit as Nick has reportedly removed the links from the pre-schooler websites. However, somebody continues to make awful decisions at their headquarters and has decided to amp up their promotions of Addicting Games by having an Addicting Games Showdown directly on Nickelodeon.
It’s been clear to me for a long time that these kinds of people have an agenda to desensitize our children. Too many parents live with their heads in the sand and either don’t pay enough attention to what is happening or they are too preoccupied with self-interest to do anything about it. It’s enough that we’ve had to live with their constant environmental sermons through what used to be cute and educational cartoons. My children, especially my oldest, will voluntarily change the channel or sigh and roll his eyes each time he is lectured to “go green.”
It’s time for parents to be proactive and take a moment to protest this behavior and direct their children towards more positive entertainment. If you feel like I do about this than you can let your own voice be heard by Nickelodeon. I urge each and everyone of you to not only forward this information to as many parents as you can but to contact Nickelodeon directly and let them know how you feel about this.
It’s interesting that they do not have contact email; however, you can go to Commercial Free Childhood and take action by signing their petition. You can also go directly to Nick’s website, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on Report A Concern.