Kate Meyers: Is "Glee" too racy for tweens? Not mine.
If my daughter Emmy, 12, 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 kids her age read in the newspapers every day -- global warming, oil spills, child slavery, suicide bombing -- than about them watching a clever drama about high school. Teenage pregnancy, backstabbing, bad boys, sexting, homosexuality -- "Glee" is like a sneak preview of life.
I look at good TV ("Gilmore Girls" and "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. 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 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?