Teen Sex on ABC Family Sparks Debate
Parents complain Secret Life situations are too risqué for kids
By Amelia Atlas, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2009 7:07 AM CST
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(Newser) – Edgier programming  by the Disney-owned ABC Family channel may have boosted ratings and advertising, but many parents are angry about the changes. New series, particularly The Secret Life of the American Teenager, have sparked debate about whether the offerings are truly family programming, reports the Los Angeles Times. Parents concerned about the risqué themes in the hit show claim the network has betrayed its target demographic.

"When you call something 'family,' it gives the impression that it's safe for all members of the family, even young children," said one parent. ABC executives insist the programs are simply evolving with their viewers. "The best way to resonate with your audience is to be authentic," said the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group. "You're only authentic if you are holding up a mirror to your audience and saying, 'I see you.'"

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Dec 8, 2014 10:56 PM CST
I believe in parents not government since I don't support censorship which is wrong at all levels. I believe if you're kids know from right to wrong then you shouldn't worry about what is on TV I believe it isn't the broadcast TV & Hollywood to be what is right or wrong there just there for entertaining that is how I see it anyways. ABC Family has family friendly shows like Boy Meets World, Gilmore Girls, The Middle etc. I watch Switched At Birth from time to time which is family show my favorite show on ABC Family is Pretty Little Liars I believe 12 or 13 year olds can watch it if they know from right to wrong.
Aug 15, 2011 11:41 PM CDT
I have just watched my last episode of secret-life. Maybe this isn't the best way to be, but I do not think the white people on that show think it's perfectly acceptable to date the black people & not one word is ever spoken on the subject. Nothing against white or black people but why can't the black people on that show date black & white date white. Why does every one think gay & inter-racial relationships have to be shoved down our throats.
Jan 11, 2010 10:59 PM CST
You can say turn off the TV, that is fine, that still does not solve the problem. Family Channels should be for family. Put the sex shows on another channel.