The GQ Glee photos have stirred up controversy but have also sparked a debate: what age can kids watch Glee… and is Glee a family friendly show that’s even appropriate for kids?
The GQ Glee photos no doubt have people second guessing about what they may have perceived as a family friendly show. After all, there’s singing and dancing and high school – it must be like High School Musical, right?
It’s on at 8 p.m., so that means family friendly, right? Wrong.
Parents, be warned – Glee’s plot lines and dialogue are likely not what you want your young kids watching. This is no Disney show, despite the perception that singing, dancing high schoolers must be wholesome entertainment.
In this Today show video clip, a panel of experts debate about what age it’s appropriate for your kid to watch Glee.
The Entertainment Weekly panel member notes that, “Glee – yes, it’s a family show, but it’s a family show for the middle to upper teenagers in the family,” adding that Glee is “a very sophisticated, very racy satire about life in high school. It’s not High School Musical.”
Yet, the psychologist on the panel says he lets his younger kids, ages 7 and 8, watch Glee, but he watches it with them. He adds that if parents don’t find it age appropriate for their children to watch, they should talk to them about it, but not make a big deal of it.
Do you let your kids watch Glee? What age do you think is appropriate for a kid to watch this show? And do you think Glee is “family friendly”?