By Editorial Staff
Published May 1, 1989
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (CBN) – Parents who watch television with their children are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with what they are seeing on their screens. And with a similarly growing frequency, many are either switching channels or turning off the set altogether.
These findings, which were described as a “clear warning” to producers and sponsors alike, are contained in a new survey just released by the Gallup Poll. Included in the study were 424 parents of children under 18 who watch television with their youngsters.
The results come at a time when “trash TV” is becoming a household term and citizens’ decency groups and individuals are taking their complaints to the legislative halls as well as to the doorsteps of the sponsors of some of the programs considered most offensive.
A total of 58 percent of those parents polled said they either were frequently or occasionally uncomfortable with something in a TV program they watched with their children. Only 17 percent said they never were uncomfortable with the shows they saw, while only 25 percent said they seldom were bothered by the programming.
The leading cause of discomfort, according to the poll, is the programmers’ preoccupation with sex, either by sexual suggestion or a more flagrant and overt focus on sex. In this category, 46 percent said they were disturbed by it.
Next in the line of offenses was violence, with 37 percent of the parents objecting to it.
Foul language, swearing or cursing comprised the third category, with 17 percent of the parents saying they were uncomfortable with it.
The discomfort factor was fairly uniform across the nation, ranging from the lowest amount of concern, 52 percent in the West, to 65 percent in the South. In the East, the figure was 54 percent, and in the Midwest, 58 percent.
Parents with children between the ages of 6 and 12 had the greatest amount of concern about current programming. Sixty-six percent of those in the age group were occasionally or frequently disturbed by what they saw, just barely trailed by 62 percent of those with kids 13 to 17, and 57 percent with children in the under-five age bracket.
What are these parents doing about their growing uneasiness with television? According to the poll, 70 percent of those watching TV with their children are either zapping channels in search of something less offensive or they are flipping off the set altogether.
Forty-six percent of those polled said they turn to a different channel when they become uncomfortable with what they and their youngsters are watching. Twenty-four percent said they turn off the TV. Another 11 percent said they discuss with their children what should have been said on the show, and five percent said they refuse to allow the kids to watch the program in the future.
“I just feel that it should be a clear message to those who put programs together, those who sponsor the programs and the television networks and stations,” George Gallup Jr., president of The Gallup Organization, Inc., said of the results. He said much of the present programming shows “a breakdown in standards and a pandering to baser emotions.”
“We all share the same horror at some of the things seen on television,” he added.
The negative reaction showed no indication of being limited geographically, Gallup pointed out. Only a 13 percent difference was noted between the South, which often is considered to be the home of more conservative views, and the West, sometimes thought of as less conservative.
Nor was there much of a difference between mothers and fathers in the number concerned about what they watched with their children. Sixty-one percent of the mothers expressed dissatisfaction. For fathers, it was only six percentage points less, at 55 percent.
Gallup said his figures indicate a sharply growing number of parents who have had objections to television in the last 12 months. More than half of those parents who watch TV programs with their children (55 percent) said the programming is more offensive this year than just a year ago. Only 30 percent said the programming was less offensive. “Clearly, it’s a growing trend,” he said.
The findings are based on telephone interviews with 424 parents of children under 18, out of a total sample of 1008 adults, 18 and older. The survey was conducted nationwide by The Gallup Organization between November 14 and December 4, 1988, for The CBN Family Channel, the nation’s oldest basic cable network. For results based on the subsample of parents, the pollster said one could say with 95 percent confidence that the error attributable to sampling error and other random effects could be five percentage points in either direction.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » National Events
Your comments are welcome!
With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.
Watch a clip from Martin Luther.
$9.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?
Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!
“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l
Running Time: 40 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)