Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds – AFP / Getty Images) My parents are fond of retelling the story of a couple they knew who swore up and down their kids would only watch PBS. This was the 1970s — the era before cell phones, before video game systems, before your TV choices consisted of anything more than the three major networks, PBS, and local independent stations that ran reruns of “Our Miss Brooks” and B-movies with titles like “Disembodied Venusian Alien Hands Attack.” If it could be pulled off, it should have been a cinch.
So, imagine my parents’ lack of surprise when they arrived one Saturday afternoon to find their friends’ 6-year-old twins watching “Starsky & Hutch,” all with the defeated parents looking on.
“I didn’t know ‘Starsky & Hutch’ was on PBS now,” my dad said. The girls were confused, the parents were slightly roiled and an anecdote was born.
There’s a wider point here, which is that it’s difficult for parents, even with the best intentions, to police their child’s media usage. This is especially true in 2021, when the stakes are somewhat higher than your kids […]
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