I don’t know if you ever get an idea in your head that will not go away. I have learned that this is one of the ways that God talks to me: repetitive, unceasing thoughts to act. Let me break it down for you.
What?: Ever since I watched the Super Bowl (what was that? like 7 months ago?), I have wanted to do something to influence what kind of programming is acceptable for children. My rage was ignited by Victoria’s Secret ads (soft porn!) and a 3-D half-time ad that included some kind of bed-crawling vixen. I was infuriated that it was a daytime program with many obviously young and adolescent viewers, especially boys. Since then I have been constantly aware of (and annoyed by) the onslaught of inappropriate advertisements and programming that are too easily accessible to— and even targeted at— children.
Why?: If you remember from my post about Sister Julie Beck’s recent Women’s Conference talk, she challenged us women to “Fight!” against pornography. When we do nothing more than shake our heads at it, we can’t change anything. Together, though, I think we can make a difference.
How?: So my idea that was born back in January and has been fueled by promptings and reminders over the past several months is a website that would give moms all the tools they need to file formal complaints when children are exposed to inappropriate media– A place where they can point and click and submit their complaints as well as find templates of letters they can use and customize to voice their concerns. I have called it the “Protecting Innocence Project” and it is currently being hosted (in all it’s super-rough-draft glory) here.
You?: It occurred to me that my friends and readers could be a great resource to me in getting this whole thing up and running. Here are some things I need:
- Addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses from all the major networks that could be used to file a formal complaint about programming and advertising. (This is harder to find than it should be.)
- Someone who is knowledgeable enough to help me create “complaint” forms that moms could fill out online, and then they would be automatically sent to the target emails (networks, FCC, etc.)
- A collection of other sites, resources, and programs that are related to the fight against pornography and inappropriate media. I’d like to create a reference list that helps people find this stuff more easily.
- Once the site is up and running, I’d love for people to help publicize it among friends, blogs, communities, even newspapers and local news where feasible. Please don’t send anyone there yet because it’s just bare-bones minimum so far.
- Things like buttons and banners would be helpful (the online version, I mean). I don’t really know how to create stuff like that other than turning an existing graphic into a hot link.
Anyway, this is just a plea to those of you who frequent this blog and find yourself sympathetic to this cause. If you think you could help out with any of the aforementioned needs, let me know in the comments what you’re interested in/willing to help out with. I’ll get back to you with a specific assignment (something as simple as researching out contact information for NBC).
Care to join me in this battle ladies? I think we can do ourselves and our children proud.