Rebecca Hagelin

The truth is, the show is designed to tantalize, seduce, and corrupt children with a skewed version of reality. And responsible adults do find it painful when other adults degrade teen life as nothing more than a sensualized, drug-filled world, devoid of either morals or consequences.

But the situation is much worse than that. Responsible parents also have a problem with media companies who exploit teens—making money off their “superstoked” participation in sexual scenes—all to lure advertisers and viewers. Make no mistake—the advertisers know teens will be in the audience. Why else advertise acne cream?

More to the point, paying teens to appear on-screen, either nude or in sexual poses or actions, is child pornography.

How to Save Your Family: Tell Advertisers to Stop Sponsoring Child Exploitation

While some critics yawn and suggest that the show will die of its own accord, done in by vapid plots and mediocre acting, adults who care (whether you are parents or not)--about the teens exploited on the show, about their own children, and about the culture--must act now to pressure MTV to pull the plug on this series. Now.

Family advocates, like the Parents’ Television Council, and the Million Moms Campaign of the American Family Association, have called on the Justice Department to investigate the show. And they’ve successfully persuaded several major advertisers to drop their sponsorship.

For the sake of our children, take two minutes and contact the companies still advertising on Skins. Let them know it’s got to stop. Go to the Million Moms website or the American Family Association and make your voice heard!

And of course, make sure you tell your own teens that you will not support child abuse by allowing the show into your home. Exercise your parental rights by taking a few minutes to learn how to use those odd-looking buttons on your remote control, and block MTV today. Several years ago I figured out the controls and have kept our home free of MTV's abuse and influence - if I can do it, anyone can!

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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