I came across this interesting story about the values that TV taught kids "back in the day" compared to today.
According to the study, classic TV with characters like Lucy, Desi, Andy Griffith, Barney Fife, Laverne and Shirley, and the Fonz promoted values like being nice to and helping others, self-acceptance, and a sense of community and tradition.
So what are The Situation, Hannah Montana, and all the wannabes on American Idol teaching kids these days? Well, the results probably won't surprise you. Here's what the study found as the top 5 "values" (and I use that term loosely) seen on current television: fame, achievement, popularity, image and financial success.
No wonder our parents call the past "the good ol' days." I certainly don't want my kids to think that being famous is more important than being nice.