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It was a little after my time, but I grew up watching shows *like* that where kids are more free range, which was more a reflection of real life than it is for most kids now, sadly. It wasn't abnormal to me at all that the kids on the TV shows I watched were unsupervised or loosely supervised; that was basically true to life for me at least. I was born in 81 and am probably 5-10 years before the hyperparenting generation took over, I'm lucky I escaped it.
My kids don't watch it, I don't have netflix and I don't have them watch any of the kids TV channels except for PBS anyway. I don't mind them watching the actual shows, I just mind the insane advertising sending them the wrong messages. We buy/rent kids TV on DVD if they want to watch it, but they've grown up on more adult TV and don't really seem to like much of the kids stuff, other than Looney Toons.
I'm not pro- or anti- - I found the show to be amusing, and Angelica to be a little poopooface. It was after my time as a kid, so I didn't grow up on it. This does raise a good point about how we educate our kids about bullies/kids who behave poorly. I do like that the kids in the show aren't too rattled by Angelica's behavior - it makes just her look bad. When the kids grew up in that spinoff show, it wasn't too interesting, either.
I remember Salute Your Shorts - not much about the details but that I enjoyed it!
One of the only scenes I remember from Salute your shorts was one where they were riding on a bus and a police car is following them. One kid says "___ (?name) just gave the police half a peace sign!" Then the counselor says "Which...half?" That was pretty provocative for a kids show back in the day.
I grew up on that show and never really noticed the bullying or lack of supervision (I'm a child of the 90s. Born in '92), but now that you mention it, I can totally see what you mean! I believe they also had a movie where the boy Tommy got lost in the woods because he toddled off, as well as another movie where, if I remember correctly, they got lost in Paris.
Most of the 90s shows were similar (Ren and Stimpy, for example, was pretty disturbing), and as far as I can tell it hasn't negatively affected children.
I'd let my daughter watch that before I'd let her watch Hannah Montana, but mainly because I'd rather her watch babies having adventures as opposed to a teenager with two lives and constant "boyfriend" talk.
But thats just me.
If I noticed her bullying another child and saying because someone on a show did it, however, she wouldn't be watching that show anymore.
Holy MOLY! Now I feel OLD!!!!
I also watched RugRats, Ren and Stimpy, etc. I don't think I would put it on for my toddlers to watch, but an older child, I don't mind. And I do agree- Rugrats before Hannah Montana!!
It came out when I was a teen. The kids I babysat for watched it obsessively and I got hooked too! LOL Then My kids ended up watching it when they were little. They still love it! They think it's so funny! And I end up getting caught up in it all over again! I think I've seen every show there was!
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I loved Rugrats. I've even watched the "all grown up" series...which came out when I was, uh, older. I also watched Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Anamaniacs, Hey Dude, Salute Your Shorts, Ghostbusters, Are You Afraid of the Dark, I can't remember what else, I had pretty free range TV. Once my mother established I knew that it wasn't real, I could watch what I wanted. She was a little concered when my aunt had me watching Oz...I was 13 when it came out. But it conviced me that prison was not somewhere I wanted to spend any length of time so she decided it was probably ok.
I watch Nick now sometimes, and miss my old shows. But still Nick is way more "risque" then Disney is. Or well...what they want us to believe at least. Disney has that overly wholesome "we swear all perfect in our little land" image too it that makes you just know something seedy is totally going on. Where as Nick is a little more aware that life is rarely that wholesome, though still pretty clean cut over there, so you worry less that something really bad is happening.
Oh, I do remember one show my mom told me stop watching "Unsolved Mysteries", they had one about dolls coming to life, my grandma had all these Madam Alexander dolls, I was convinced they were moving in middle of the night. Even now, the dolls of her's I have, live in a trunk. I feel better that way.
I used to love this show when I was a kid Though I knew many parents who would not let their kids watch it because Angelica was a brat. So they would come over to my house and watch it with me XD
I would let my kids watch the show. If my child started acting like Angelica, I would punish them and explain that the behavior is not acceptable. Only if they kept acting like her, after repeat warnings would I not let them watch the show.