Here is what the Zero to Three organization had to say about the Town Hall Meeting:
I admit I had not watched one minute of the TV show. I saw commercials for it before it aired and I was appalled at the idea. While I do agree that teenagers and young people do need a reality check about the issue of teen pregnancy, I do think there are other ways to get the point across. Let's hope that the television networks will make better decisions when trying to reach a new audience for future programming.
NBC aired the final episode of its Baby Borrowers reality show on July 30th and then capped its season with a nationally televised “Town Hall” meeting about the show on August 6. Thanks to the multitude of passionate early childhood professionals, parents and others interested in the well-being of babies, it appears that NBC got the message and offered ZERO TO THREE an opportunity to express our concerns about the show during the Town Hall meeting. ZERO TO THREE was represented by Kyle Pruett, MD, a past president of our Board of Directors and one of our Emeritus Board members.
Dr. Pruett served as a very effective voice for babies by raising many of the issues that clearly disturbed thousands of early childhood professionals about the show. While the televised town hall meeting focused a great deal on the issue of adolescent pregnancy prevention, Dr. Pruett made a point of telling NBC and the producer that the show’s premise of putting babies and toddlers in the care of teenagers who were ill prepared to attend to the needs of these children was flawed.
Since we issued our alert about this show, hundreds of you responded and echoed your concerns. Your passion helped keep the interests of babies and toddlers front and center, and we believe your added voices led NBC to invite Dr. Pruett to the Town Hall show. Many other organizations — including the American Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children — issued their own statements of concern. Together, we helped to give voice to the needs and interests of very young children. Thank you for your continued passion and interest.
If you saw the TV show, what are your thoughts?