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Very, very cool idea. I do think some cartoons and shows can be very educational, but they do not need to be watching it endlessly. This is an awesome alternative!
Re: "Actually, might still be "harm reduction' strategy for my remaining teenager, given that anything fun goes!"
Just a thought ... with teens, I'd either (simple) videotape them dancing with friends to their favorite parent-friendly music to make their own music videos, or (more challenging) let them make video documentaries or drama--which could also be posted to YouTube. There's even a podcast that features teen-made documentaries, "Icon." Favorite books could be acted out with friends to create personal "TV shows," as could existing plays. A tech-savvy teen has the ability to get _really_ involved in commercial-free recreation!
More than "wise mom"....something incredibly brilliant I wish I'd thought of after all these years of 5 kids, now mostly adult, trying to reduce tv time! A way to be saying "YES" to desires, rather than "NO". Will pass idea on to parents of my grandchildren, who worry about the same thing. Actually, might still be "harm reduction' strategy for my remaining teenager, given that anything fun goes!. Thanks for the thought.
What a wonderful idea. I work with small children, and find that all too soon they become good consumers of everything they see in tv ads. They deserve a better childhood than that, and your idea is a wonderful way to protect them from greedy advertisers.
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