I am depriving my children of an “essential good.”
In Brazil, I might be prosecuted in court. Did anyone hear this little NPR blurb yesterday?
A Brazilian man missed out on soccer matches, the news and a “popular reality show,” when a store did not replace his faulty TV. The judge found in favor of the man, ruling that in modern times, TV is an “essential good.”
Are those of us who do not have TV in our homes, guilty of child abuse? Are we depriving our little ones of an “essential good?”
What about those whose children (TV in the house or not) miss Sponge Bob, Hannah Montana and PBS. OK, Sponge Bob and Hannah Montana are arguable…but PBS? What about Discovery? Is censorship of our children depriving them of an “essential good?”
Am I depriving my children of educational/cultural experiences by not having TV at all?
I wish we could elect to get a few select Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, History Channel shows without receiving all the other stuff. But even those channels can be edgy at times. We were away recently and the only thing on History (or was it Discovery?) was the history of torture devices. Another of those educational channels had a show about Hitler.
I am not depriving my children by having a TV-free home. Culturally they get a lot on the playground: they know about Sponge Bob and Hannah Montana. As far as education goes, my kids get a huge amount of that from school and reading books, just like kids did before TV.
Am I depriving my children of an “essential good?” Personally, I think not.