Children are tough and resilient. Seldom are there single events that shape their perspective of life, rather, a culmination of experiences and influences mold the child into the adult. Those influences should mainly be family, caregivers, teachers, and friends.
Children cannot understand or appreciate the humor of sitcoms. The media often uses verbal aggression to be funny. Caregivers must discuss with their charges that making fun of other people, or being sarcastic, isn’t funny. In shows, actors are exaggerating behaviors that aren’t acceptable in real life. Jokes at another’s expense are never funny.
A playdate is better than a television show. At best, shows like "Everyone Loves Raymond" or "The Cosby Show" portray the foibles of family life in an amusing way. But children are not even mature enough to understand the humor of these sitcoms.
Game shows typically give the impression that you have to know something to win. And some knowledge and some skill is definitely helpful, but game shows are often games of luck. Neither the nanny nor the child learns anything from game shows. Mindless entertainment is not evil or dangerous, just a waste of time that saps mental and physical energy.
The best nannies and au pairs celebrate and enjoys the family whose children they help raise.
Do you watch game shows and situation comedies with your charges? What is your opinion? Do you think these shows are harmful?