Sesame Street

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/1999 - 11:03pm
Lynda's picture
Joined: 03/08/1999 - 09:00

It is 8:58 est and I am sitting here with my children watching Sesame Street. The segment is about good foods for kids to eat. Elmo is the main star. The star food seems to be peanut butter. Elmo repeatedly refers to peanut butter and keeps saying "ummmm". I noticed that some of the Barney segments do the same. I just can't seem to get away from those darn peanuts. My son is 20 months old and I realize now that as he gets older, I will have to turn these shows off when they start suggesting eating peanut butter. TV makes a very big and lasting impression on children. I know this from my 3 older children. I don't think suggesting what foods to eat should be a part of these childrens shows. As a matter of fact, I don't think alot of things should be a part of these childrens shows. Lynda

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 2:25am
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Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

pLynda,br /
My daughter is almost 5, and she has watched alot of Barney in her time. She also goes around singing two different songs with peanuts or peanut butter in them. I have talked to her about peanuts and peanut butter and all the other things she is allergic to, how to avoid them, and what happens if she doesn't avoid them. /p
pWhen I heard her singing, I asked her about it. She told me quite simply that songs and TV are pretend and that the pretend can't hurt her, so as long ans she sings about the pretend and not the reall she would be safe./p
pWhat I am saying is that after doing some TV watching/editing "Its ok for Elmo, but peanut Butter makes you really sick" I guess the lessons are sticking. /p
pGood Luck with TV/p
pMary Lynn/p

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 10:13am
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Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

pI have been dealing with the same issues this past week. I bought my son two new videos last week, one a Good Housekeeping recommended toddlers movie and the other a Kids Song movie. To my dismay, both these movies contained songs about "yummy" peanut butter. My son is only two, and does not yet know that he is to avoid peanut products, and it upsets me that he is already singing these songs. I know that education is the key here, and so I keep telling him "Peanuts make Matthew sick, he can't have peanuts". Anyone else have any suggestions on how to deal with a child this age in educating them about p.a.?/p
pStay Safe, Debbie/p

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 12:10pm
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Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

pMy daughter just turned 5, and also sings the Barney Peanut Butter and Jelly song without any qualms. Anyway, I wanted to mention that not only does she have an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts, she has always disliked peanuts and never wanted to eat them. Well before she was diagnosed or had her first reaction she would refuse peanut butter saying that it smelled "yucky". So you may find that even though your 2 year old is exposed to these songs he or she may avoid peanut products instinctively and not want them anyway!/p

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/1999 - 1:37pm
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pMy 8 year old daughter was a Barney-aholic when she was a toddler. We had Barney everything including the sing along tape. She sang the Peanut Butter Jelly song all the time. She can't stand the smell of peanuts, and even to mention them, she'll say "YUCK!", but she loved that song because it was catchy and fun to sing. We never had a problem with her wanting Peanuts because Barney did, or anything like that. Even at such a young age (she was 18 months when diagnosed) she knew to avoid them./p

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/1999 - 11:18pm
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Joined: 03/08/1999 - 09:00

pThank you all for replying. It helps when other parents share their experiences. It also gives encouragement that these shows will hopefully not influence him as your children were not. Thanks again. Lynda [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/1999 - 3:41pm
Renee's picture
Joined: 09/02/1999 - 09:00

pI had thought about the refer. to Peanut Butter on PBS programs, and my daughter once commented dont they like SoyButter and Jelly, but after reading your comments I sent PBS an e-mail. I put in some facts and figures about food allergies and children. I let you know if they ever write back./p

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/1999 - 12:56pm
Noreen's picture
Joined: 01/24/1999 - 09:00

pThe best way to suggest a story idea is to send a handwritten letter directly to the writers of a particular program. For example, Sesame Street is produced by the Children's Television Workshop in New York. Videotape a program and pause when the list of writers appears at the end of the show. Pick out a few names at random and hand-address your letter to them suggesting a show be produced about children with peanut allergies, seeing that they work hard on representing various disabilities in a positive way. You can call your local public television station, ask for the Viewer Service's Department, and get the producers' address for any PBS program: Sesame Street, Barney, etc. The problem with writing to PBS instead of the producers directly is that PBS is only a distributor of programs such as Sesame Street and really has little say in program content./p
pI wasn't able to find an email address for Sesame Street but I did locate their phone number: CTW at (212) 595-3456./p

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