Keeping Kids Safe: Lead by Example

As a parent or guardian of a child, you need to understand many things about how kids think.

1, The more you tell a child that they can’t do something, generally, the more they will want to do it. The story of Eve in the Garden of Eden in the Bible comes to mind as a good example. Even though there may be countless choices that are permitted, the so-called “forbidden fruit” is often most appealing to many.  Why is it forbidden? Why is it illegal? Why is it something Mom or Dad forbids? It MUST be good!

2, Telling a child NO is not the answer and not enough. You need to teach them and show them why you feel the way you do, and logically lead THEM to decide no, of their own accord.  In order to do this, you have to be a friend to your child.

3, You can’t “instill the fear of God” in them, verbally abuse them, scream at them, or literally beat them into submission, and expect them to respect you or follow your wishes, under most circumstances. 

This approach may work on the surface temporarily, but eventually, most children treated in such a matter will rebel, and rebel with a vengeance. And, they will hate you for the abuse.

While there is no parenting handbook or class you are required to pass before having a child, a good idea would be to simply treat your child as you yourself would like to be treated. We’ve all heard of something similar to that one,  right? After all, children ARE human beings, correct? Just because they are little people, does not mean they deserve any less respect or less  humane treatment.

4, Do NOT hit your child. Do not scream at or yell at your child. And do not expect your child to listen to you if you don’t follow your own advise to them. 

For example, if you tell your child not to have pre-marital sex, but they can hear you and your significant other screaming and carrying on in the bedroom, chances are, that’s not a good example. Or, if you tell your child they cannot see nudity, while meanwhile you send them upstairs while you watch something overtly sexual, that’s not going to work with them too well either.

Or if you tell a child not to drink or smoke, but you send them to the store to buy your cigarettes, or upstairs to fetch your beers because you are too lazy to get it yourself, that’s also probably not the best example.

5, Lead by example. Your child’s mind is like a sponge, and in their eyes, you–the parent, are like a god to them. In the child’s eyes, a parent is generally always right, and can do no wrong. If Mom and Dad does it, then that’s the way it must be.

If your lifestyle is NOT the one that you want your child to grow up and have, then you should do two things,

A, hide your lifestyle from your child, and 

B, change your lifestyle as fast as you can 

Live a life you are proud of, and that you would want your child to have. Lead by example.

When you do this, then you can truly communicate openly and honestly with your kids about why you feel they should or should not do certain things, and give them logical reasons why.

6, “Because I said so” is not enough. A child deserves a reason why or why not. Tell them the truth. 

–Because I am afraid you will die of you do that

–Because many people die taking that drug

–Because it will deeply hurt your parents if you do this, and we will cry

–Because this could ruin your life forever, and you will not be able to take those pictures back

–Because I know people who got addicted and died and I don’t want that to happen to you

–Because you could go to jail and get raped and murdered there

7, Tell your child the truth. Don’t try to soften or sugar-coat reality, when it comes to a child’s safety. They will find out eventually one way or another, from the streets, from their friends, or from you. It is much better if it comes from YOU, the parent.

The more you are honest, open, and have natural and healthy communication with your child, the more apt they will be to tell you what is going on with their life.

–If they got a weird text from some older man

–If their best friend started doing cocaine

–If they are walking home and someone is asking them to get in the car

 8. Don’t make your child afraid of you.  If you forbid your child from things with no logic, and are abusive to them, they will flee you, and indulge in that thing away from you, with their friends. 

And that path will lead them to a life of self-abuse and abuse by others through sex, drugs, and alcohol.

 Be there for your kids. Be a friend to them. Explain to them your logic. Lead by example. Live a life you are proud of. 

The Office of Bruce Edwin provide the free service to parents, of checking out any person or company, to see if they appear to be safe for you and your child to do business with. 

For any specific questions on keeping your child safe in Hollywood, you may contact Bruce Edwin at 310-226-7176. Your question with the answer just might even be published, for the world to hear.

(c) 2019, Bruce Edwin



Nickelodeon Picks Up More Episodes Of “All That” comedy

Nickelodeon has picked up an additional 13 episodes of ‘90s show All That, bringing its first season total to 26 episodes. Also announced today, is new cast member Aria Brooks from Atlanta, Georgia, who is joining the show’s talented and diverse cast of comedians. New episodes of All That air on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

All That is executive produced by Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Kel Mitchell (Game Shakers), Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, Yellowstone) and Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts, Sorry to Bother You). Kevin Kopelow & Heath Seifert (All That, Cousins For Life, Austin & Ally) also serve as executive producers.

Shot in front of a live studio audience, All That stars Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen, who have popularized new characters, impersonations of today’s celebrities and new original comedic sketches including “Cancelled with Nathan,” Bed, Bath & Beyoncé” and “Marie Kiddo.”

To date, recording artists the Jonas Brothers, Ciara, H.E.R., JoJo Siwa, Ella Mai, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Bryce Vine, Daddy Yankee and CNCO have performed on the show. The series also features appearances from Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Server and Alisa Reyes, who helped make the original series a ‘90s icon for an entire generation of kids. Guest stars for the additional 13 episodes will be announced at a later date.

All That was Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs including Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show and The Nick Cannon Show, and the feature-length film Good Burger, as well as audio recordings, books, festival tours, and numerous reunions celebrating the show’s impact on pop culture.

All That helped launch the careers of comedy stars including Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon, and has featured musical guests and guest stars including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ray Romano and Brittany Snow.

Production of All That for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content. All That was created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years.

Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

(c) 2019, Nickelodeon, Hollywood Sentinel

Bill Kramer Elected New Director of Academy Museum

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is pleased to announce that Bill Kramer has been named as its new director.

Bill, who served as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum from 2012 to 2016, will become the institution’s new leader on January 1, 2020, guiding its artistic and cultural vision, and overseeing the final phase of the museum’s completion.

During his time at the Academy Museum, Bill served as the chief planning, public relations, advancement, exhibitions, and government relations officer for the museum’s pre-construction phase. He also oversaw production of the museum’s very first exhibition; Hollywood Costume, which explored costume design in cinematic storytelling, featuring more than 100 iconic movie costumes.

Most recently, he served as vice president of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Prior to this, Bill was vice president of institutional engagement at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He has led capital and comprehensive campaigns for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and served in senior business and fundraising positions at the Sundance Institute, and The Columbia University School of the Arts.

Image and textual content, used with kind courtesy of the Academy Museum. (c) 2019, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, all rights reserved. Hollywood Sentinel.