10/18/2012 01:09 pm ET Updated Dec 17, 2012

The 10 Worst TV Role Models of 2012

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor

From Kim Kardashian to Honey Boo Boo, TV is full of outrageous characters who make us laugh, cringe or scratch our heads in disbelief. Each year, Common Sense Media takes a look at some of TV's most popular characters and shakes them down for what they do or don't have to offer kids and families. You'll see some familiar faces on this year's list (like Ms. Kardashian, for example) and many new ones. Some, like The Jersey Shore's Snooki, have fallen off the list because her bad behavior has toned down and there are so many others vying for her place in the "worst role models" spotlight.

The good news for parents is that even the worst role models can serve as a starting point for some important discussions with kids. Conversations about characters' wild and crazy antics can lead to discussions about what is and isn't appropriate behavior. These talks can also help your kid become more media-savvy. Discuss the reasons why these folks get so much attention. Who makes the decisions to popularize these characters and their TV shows?

The 10 Worst TV Role Models of 2012