How to talk to kids about Super Bowl controversies

Super Bowl 51 is this Sunday. It is safe to declare on Friday February 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm pst, that the game will be filled with some kind of question inducing moment.
It is also true that kids are pretty savvy, and since the Super Bowl is a live event, anything could happen. So, how do you handle tough issues without distroying the fun of the game? Here are some topics that could arrise.
1. Protests. Let us face it 2016-2017 are years of protest and I can only assume that the game is no exception. It is after all the highest viewed event in the nation. Explain to your kids that protesting is okay as long as violence is not in the plans. 2. sexisum. As the CNN article states:
“It’s hard not to notice that there’s one group of people on the sidelines who are only half dressed. And what they’re wearing is pretty provocative. Sure, it’s tradition for football teams to have female cheer teams. But the blatant sexism of their costumes is pretty hard to defend” (2017.)
If children ask about what they are whereing keep it age friendly, but answer their questions.
3. the adds. If your kids are watching and they see an odd add (baby jumping out of mom for the chips) explain that cannot happen. If they enjoy the add great! According to CNN the really ronchy ones are online.
4. Halftime show. Lady Gaga is the halftime show and if she does something explain to your kids that it might be a protest (see statement 1) or explain to the young ones that it is a performence. Think of the egg or the meat dress.
5. Domestic Violence. This one seems hard for me to give advice on. It is a major topic and the NFL will cover it perhaps. Or perhaps an add will. Those are the adds that we must talk about.
6. cheating. You will receive questions about cheating and you must explain to your kids that cheating is never ok. However, they will note that both of the NFL teams have cheated in the past and are being rewarded with a title shot (pats.)
When the pros cheat, it’s confusing for kids who are taught to play by the rules.
7. concussions. That could be turned into a deep conversation about your brain and the risks of playing a game like American Football. Per CNN: “The NFL tightened its safety rules, but the game is still a risky contact sport”.
8. unhealthy foods. It is no shock that unhealthy foods will be a topic of conversation. Per CNN: Budweiser, Mountain Dew, Skittles, and Snickers – not exactly the breakfast of champions –
are all advertising during the 2017 Super Bowl. Studies show that viewing junk food ads contributes to obesity and watching alcohol ads leads to underage drinking . You won’t be able to turn off every commercial you don’t want your kids to see, so help them resist being influenced.”


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