Kate Meyers: Is "Glee" too racy for tweens? Not mine.
If she hasn't already seen it in a PG-13 movie, watched it in a trailer at the theater or heard it in the hallway at school, I'd be more surprised than Tiger Woods' sponsors. I'm way more worried about what they read in the newspapers every day -- global warming, oil spilling, child slavery, suicide bombing -- than them watching a clever drama about high school. Teenage pregnancy, backstabbing, bad boys, sexting, homosexuality -- it's like a sneak preview of life.
I look at good TV ("Gilmore Girls," "Friday Night Lights," to name two favorites) as a fabulous way to educate my children. I'm not telling them how the story ends -- they watch it, they see the consequences, they discuss it. They follow the play, acted out beforehand, so they understand their choices and the roads that follow when it becomes real. How cool to have a shared point of reference to discuss things with my girls. Plus, I don't need anyone to tell me what's too racy for my kids -- they let me know. We call it the tell-me-if-it's inappropriate check. My daughters are 12 and 15 and I'll warn them if something may have questionable content and then, if what they see doesn't work for them, they'll cover their eyes and ask me to tell them when it's over. I kid you not.
Emmy, 12, and I rented a three-episode disc of "Glee" one Saturday night when nothing at Blockbuster was speaking to us. We LOVED it. The best moments, and they happened frequently, were when everyone was bursting into song. What could be more old school than that?