Thursday, August 16, 2012
More Parental Fail, Courtesy of Charter
Ah, isn't Juvenile Internet Addiction just the Cutest?
I mean, here are parents willing to give their 10-year old kid what is apparently unlimited access to everything Charter offers- blazing fast internet speeds, practically instant downloading (eight songs in three seconds? Ehh, I suppose that's impressive. I don't know. I tend to download songs one at a time- literally, one day at a time, with maybe weeks between downloads. Because unlike the juvenile knuckle-dragging droolers over at YouTube, I don't have a Pavlovian "what is that song I need that song where can I get that song" response whenever I hear five seconds of music...)
Sorry, rant over. Back to this ad:
It's pretty clear to me that the addition of Charter to this happy home is having what are supposed to be cute, darling consequences but are to my dark soul chilling warnings of what will come if Mommy and Daddy don't repent and rein this in very, very quickly. Timmy- who probably spent a lot of time pre-Charter playing with friends outside, riding bikes, and all that other stuff that This Childless Person Imagines that Typical Suburban Children Do- is now hibernating in his room, clicking away, downloading This Movie and That Song, getting paler and paler- and weirder and weirder.
Worried now, Parents? I suggest you stow the shrug and do something productive about it. How about starting with a talk with your son about balancing all this technology with other activities? Better yet, how about yanking that computer out of his room altogether? Seriously, why does a kid this age have to have access to all the streaming video and music he wants anyway? Maybe I'm using the term "Parents" too loosely here- maybe "adults who happen to be living in Timmy's House with Timmy" would be more appropriate?
At any rate, I really think that these adults should get over their "this is weird but what are you gonna do?" funk and tackle this problem head on, BEFORE they wake up one day and Timmy is a surly teen who doesn't give a flying crap what they say- because after all, his REAL friends are all on Facebook anyway, and if the Parental Units were really concerned about him, why did they set him up on his own like this to begin with?