Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baby Borrowers & the Lessons We've Learned

At the end of June, I highlighted the Zero to Three organization's comments on the NBC show Baby Borrowers and how they felt it was harmful to the babies involved. Just a few weeks ago, the last episode aired.

Here is what the Zero to Three organization had to say about the Town Hall Meeting:

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.

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.

If you saw the TV show, what are your thoughts?


Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought Dr. Pruett's responses were flawed and Dr. Drew's rebuttle was more convincing. Not too mention, Ett's mom made better points that Dr. Pruett's. I am a member of our nations military. There are thousands of us that leave our children behind every day for hours, days weeks and months at a time. WHat kind of message does Dr. Pruett's send to us? Do not say we do not have a choice in this, because we is a voluntary military. And, our babies can not decipher the difference between us going away to serve or doing a TV show.

To think, I am leaving my children behind to protect you and everybodies right's, and this is the message I get!!!

Don't tell me there is a difference, because there isn't!

HIP_M0M said...

I think there is a big difference between military families and those who chose to participate in this show. I have to assume that you are not leaving your children with strangers or young adults who are not equipped to handle the responsibility of caring for a child.

Military families make great sacrifices but one that is a great benefit to not only our country but to their families as well. Your children will be proud and honored when they are old enough to understand the situation. I can't say the same for the young children that were included in this Reality Show that was created for pure entertainment.