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Is It Time for Parental Control?

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I know that my DirecTV box has Parental Control features but I've never used them before. Maybe it's time I start.

Boy Holding a Remote Control

Momlogic's Julie: Monday night, I was busy doing a million things: I was trying to edit a Michelle Obama post for the website, was checking in on the professional we'd hired to comb out my daughter's hair for lice, and was helping get dinner ready, so my focus wasn't on my 7-year-old son. He had asked if he could watch TV and I said yes. Usually his favorite channels are Disney and Nickelodeon, so his request didn't raise any red flags.

About ten minutes later, I went into my bedroom where he was parked to see what he was watching. I was shocked to see "Juno" on the screen.

Yes, "Juno"!

I quickly told him that he couldn't watch this, and that it wasn't a kids' show.

He said, "But the lady's having a baby ... and she's in high school ... doesn't that make it a kids' show?"

Gulp!

This was a major wake-up call: It was time to start more closely monitoring what my son watches on TV, and fast!

Do you use the Parental Control features on your TV?


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
ame i. January 22, 2009, 9:20 AM

I don’t but probably should since there is a cable box in our playroom that gets the same movie channels as the boxes downstairs. My kids don’t watch t.v. up there often, but now that I think about it, I should block the movie channels.
I never thought much about the computers,either, until my older kid googled something that resulted in a pop-up with a bikini-clad girl opening and closing her legs. No more Google for the kids, among other sites, and the program lets me check up on them to see where they have been.

Uly January 22, 2009, 2:05 PM

Ame, why not just enact safesearch? Or block pop-ups entirely?

Nikki January 22, 2009, 2:17 PM

I have 3 kids..ages 11, 8 ,and 3. We have satellite so I use the block features on there. My husband and I are the only ones in the house with the password. Sometimes I have to go and unlock it though b/c it will lock out a show that’s not rated (some kids programming shows up like that).

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 10:41 AM

I’ve never been a fan of censorship in any form, although parents should definitely watch out for what their kids are watching or the games they are playing, etc. I wouldn’t have minded a 7 year old seeing Juno if I had the opportunity to talk to him about the themes of the movie - so I don’t think he’s traumatized. The thing that bothers me about automatic parental blocking is that it’s an easy fix. Instead of the parent looking at the shows on a case by case basis, to see if there really is a reason to forbid the child from watching, they block anything that the ratings system lumps into a certain category. I find that those ratings don’t always reflect my person values (I tend to be more lenient, but that’s me). I don’t like the idea of blocking everything that MAY be objectionable just because someone ELSE deemed it unfit for my kids to see.

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