As the father of two teenagers, I found this column invaluable. I'm sure other parents here can empathize when I say I shudder at the thought of the increasing influence and presence of television in the lives my children. I certainly remember the strain I caused so long ago for my own parents when I began experimenting with television. The long, near hypnotic watch schedule that kept my mom and dad up all night with worry. Don't even get me started on the habits I acquired when we got our first satellite dish.
To think, I was even younger than my kids are now! television are everywhere and it doesn't help that the tv and movies make television seem glamorous and cool. This column helped me really approach the subject of television with my kids in an honest, open and non judgmental way. Because of the insights this column provided, I can sleep a little better and cope with the reality that I can't always be there to protect my kids from television, especially as they become adults. I'm confident that my teens, when confronted by a television show, whether it be network, or cable TV, are much better prepared to make wiser decisions than I did.
At the very least my children certainly know that they can always come to me if they have any concerns, questions or just need my support when it comes to the topic of television, all thanks to this column.
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