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A parent says Charlie Brown is inappropriate for kids. Do you agree?

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 25, 2012 09:44 AM

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Good grief!

Charlie Brown, the iconic children's character created by the late Charles Schulz, and his friends call each other "stupid" and "blockhead."

So one dad blogger is calling for the classic character to hang up his zig zag shirt.

In a blog post called "It's time to retire, Charlie Brown" on Babble.com, a dad called dadcamp, who is the father of two children, ages two and five, discusses how Peanuts is flat out inappropriate television viewing for 21st century kids.

The Peanuts characters debuted in 1950 in a comic strip. But, as dadcamp puts it, "Times have changed since our parents were kids. Our parents flew on planes with smoking sections, car seats didn’t exist."

In Charlie Brown, the characters often use words like "stupid," "dumb," and "blockhead." And the story lines are full of bullying, dadcamp points out.

So as children across the nation gear up for the annual viewing of the classic animated Halloween show "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," dadcamp is calling the Halloween special "terrible" for kids.

What do you think about this father's take on Charlie Brown? Do you think the character is appropriate for children? Why or why not?

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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