MTV Network
United States of America

In a fragile yet technologically driven society where severe independence and emotions rule the "nation" of our youth's culture; it becomes clear and evident that unconditional love, responsibility and accountability must be the heartbeat of the adult world.

The influence of media with our youth is increasing by the day luring them into a fallible world where the abnormal becomes normal. Sex, drugs, alcohol, and bullying have become the order of the day. From the National Institute on Media & Family to the A.C. Nielson Company, a global marketing research firm, statistics have repeatedly shown us that our youth are being affected and infected by what they see and hear.

I am petitioning for the removal of "Skins" a premiering TV series on the MTV network. The show glorifies wreckless behavior through the repeated display of teens enjoying sex, drugs, alcohol and other activities. MTV's own summary admits, "Skins is a wild ride through the lives of a group of high school friends stumbling through the mine field of adolescence... and stepping on most of the mines as they go".

TV shows have the right to address social issues but not without proper scales and balances. The compass of life truths through family and community values are necessary to help this generation cautiously navigate through life.

How much farther can media contribute to the self-destruction of our future America?

An accolade from a youth in the success of such a show is not a true sign of success. Must we forget that they can only speak from the level of maturity and perception of the world according to where they are?

They are in need of us; our discipline, our love and identification and we are failing them.

We, the undersigned, call on MTV to remove the TV series "Skins" from its network.

We implore you to make wiser quality decisions that will encourage the fulfilment of a purposed-driven life rather than contributing to the hormonal and emotionally driven impulses that have become the answers to the struggles of our next generation.

Media has the largest voice on this planet and we must use it as a strong and positively-influenced weapon.

Though we can quickly retort that "this is their reality" or "this is what they're dealing with" we would serve them an injustice by reinforcing the images of the already-known. It will encourage ruthless behavior rather than discouraging it. Youth propel toward what is forbidden and untolerated.

We have a great mantle and responsibility. We conclude by saying to you what we often say to our children, "Actions speak louder than words".

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The Wreckless Behavior Hurts - Remove "Skins" from Network petition to MTV Network was written by LaShanna Leonard and is in the category Youth at GoPetition.