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10 of the Worst TV Role Models for Kids

When I first saw this post about TVs best role models for kids I immediately thought about how fun it would be to put together a list of TV’s worst role models for kids. Kids are sponges, and while you hope that they’re picking up on the good behaviors that they see on TV, you also have to assume that they’re picking up on the bad ones as well.

Check out my picks for some of TV’s worst role models and then tell me, who would you add to the list?

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  • Caillou 1 of 10
    Caillou
    Caillou. Kids, for some inexplicable reason, love him. Parents across the world hate how whiny and spoiled he is. The take away lesson from Caillou seems to be "whine enough and your parents will give you whatever you want." Not necessarily a lesson most parents want their kids to learn.
  • The Entire Cast of 90210 2 of 10
    The Entire Cast of 90210
    Chances are your kids aren't up watching the new 90210. But if they sneak into the room to "sleep" on the couch while you watch it, they're likely to pick up on a whole host of bad behaviors. If you look closely enough, you might be able to find a redeeming quality or two amongst this group of kids. However, making your way through the diva behavior, selfishness, disregard for anyone else's safety or well being, casual drug use, sex for money, and illegal business endeavors makes it hard to find any positive attributes. Which is probably why this show is so fun to watch.
  • Oscar the Grouch 3 of 10
    Oscar the Grouch
    Oscar. Oh, Oscar. He's a grouchy, mean, curmudgeon. You have to love him, but hope your kids don't start to act like him. He's rarely nice to anyone and he's always reluctant to help, even in important situations...unless, of course, it benefits him somehow.
  • The Entire Cast of Jersey Shore 4 of 10
    The Entire Cast of Jersey Shore
    Ahhh, Jersey Shore. I'm still completely baffled by its existence. I don't know about you, but when they grow up, I'd like for my kids to have something more important and intellectually challenging going on during their day than "GTL: Gym, Tan, Laundry."
  • Ruby of Max & Ruby 5 of 10
    Ruby of Max & Ruby
    What is UP with Ruby? She's so self-absorbed and completely dismissive of her little brother. I suppose you have to give her credit for being the person who is essentially raising him, in light of their parent's absence, but she really should start thinking about other people sometimes.
  • How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson 6 of 10
    How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson
    Let me start by saying that I love Barney Stinson. He's charming and funny and there's definitely something endearing about him. Having said that, if my boys grow up to treat women with such casual disregard, I will not be happy.
  • Squidward 7 of 10
    Squidward
    As Spongebob's neighbor and co-worker, Squidward spends most of his time thinking that he's better than everyone else. What he IS, though, is stuck up and rude. Which are two qualities I do NOT want to instill in my children.
  • Glee’s Santana 8 of 10
    Glee's Santana
    Your kids may or may not watch Glee, but if you do, chances are that they'll catch snippets every now and then. And if they get to see Santana in action, they'll be witness to a selfish, mean, bully. I want to smack her upside the head more often than not.
  • Swiper the Fox 9 of 10
    Swiper the Fox
    Dora's nemesis, Swiper, tries to steal everything he can from Dora and her friends. I don't know about you, but raising kleptomaniacs isn't on my to-do list.
  • iCarly’s Sam 10 of 10
    iCarly's Sam
    I can never really figure out why Carly and Sam are friends. Sam is pretty much the exact opposite of Carly. She's rude, crude, sloppy and slovenly. I also don't understand what Freddie sees in her.

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