Inappropriate television viewing

Dear Readers: Sound Off is about too much nudity and bad language on television. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: Please believe me when I say I’m not a prude. I’m a 28-year-old schoolteacher at a middle school who is tired of the nudity and profanity on television. So many of my students see programs on TV that are completely inappropriate for their young ages, and scenes that give them the idea that ignoring their studies is acceptable, dropping out of school is cool, using terrible grammar is the way they should talk, and that they shouldn’t take responsibility for their lives or actions. They’re kids, and as such are not prepared for so many of the adult themes on TV. They tend to copy what they see.

“If you have children, turn off the TV and have dialogue with your kids, and stay connected with their teachers.” — Yvette C., St. Paul, Minn.

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail: