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Children are Not Dogs

Children are Not Dogs

This has nothing to do with homesteading or leading the simple life. It has everything to do with the inexcusable lack of decency that plagues today’s society. This is my response to America’s Funniest Videos, callous news stories, crass reality television, and inappropriate Facebook posts. I cannot keep quiet any longer.

Babies and children are humans, not dolls, not monkeys, not dogs. They are not here for our entertainment. They feel sadness and fear just like everyone else. Their failures are not meant to amuse us, videotaped and publicized for our pleasure. Watching them flinch at loud noises, get knocked down by large pets, fall over while learning to walk- it is not funny. Our little ones are feeling and seeing and experiencing everything for the first time. Their emotions and reactions are similar to ours, only tenfold. Everything is louder and more jarring, brighter and unfamiliar.
Would you want someone to record you taking a bath, naked and unaware, then post it on Facebook?
No, because it’s embarrassing and inappropriate.
Would you like it if everyone laughed hysterically when you stubbed your toe or hit your funny bone?
No, because it’s rude and mean.
When sitting down to dinner with family, do you usually talk about your poops and farts?
No, because that’s gross and inappropriate. 
Some would argue “but it’s different, they’re just kids.” Why is it different? Because they don’t know enough to be embarrassed yet? Because they’re too innocent to realize that naked pictures and videos are inappropriate (and provocation for pedophiles)?
Decency and modesty are learned traits that are disappearing from our world at an alarming rate. It is our job as parents to protect our children’s dignity and to teach them how to live with integrity. They rely entirely on us for their guidance and security; we cannot let them down.  Please spread the word and don’t stand by silently anymore.