View From Table 9

April 1, 2008

Innoculating Children Against Advertising

Filed under: ideas — table9 @ 11:31 am
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Today I came across this post by Lisa Tiffin on the blog Get Rich Slowly via a cross-post on My Money Blog.   Great ideas, and quite timely.  My not-quite six year old has just begun watching channels with discrete advertising – by that I mean those traditional commercials we all see and, yeah, enjoy many times for their entertainment value.  In the past, DS’ viewing was limited to PBS and Disney Channel where the advertising is less direct – no active “buy this it’s great!” messaging.

With the onset of Nickelodeon and (ugh) Cartoon Network viewing, I’ve very recently noticed both urgent “Mom I want that really badly” pleas and “Hey, Mom, you’re using OrangeGlo so you don’t have to sand the hardwood floors!” comments along with just this week a request to be picked up at school at 9 AM so he could come home and watch the new “Ben 10” episode.  Uh-oh.

I really like what Lisa suggests here and am planning to begin (along with DH) this with DS today.

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