From Virtuous Reality: How America Surrendered Discussion of Moral Values to Opportunists, Nitwits, and Blockheads Like William Bennett, by Jon Katz
It's not that complicated. I can figure this out. I can make my own decisions about media, values and morality. I don't have to choose between traditional culture and the new media. I can live a happy and fulfilling life even if I never see the World Wide Web.
Whatever they should or shouldn't watch, however much time they spend online, my children are not dumb and they're not in danger from movies, TV shows, music or computers. Many children -- especially underclass children -- really are suffering from horrific violence, and they need more and better parenting, better schools, fewer guns and drugs and lots of job opportunities. If I'm so worried about kids, I will help them.
If I really want to protect my own children, I will make sure they have more, not less, access to this new cultural and technological world. I won't ever call them stupid for watching things I don't like. I don't have to be at war with them. I can work out a social contract with my children that protects, guides them through their new culture and brings peace and rationality to our home.
Jon Katz writes the Media Rant columns at HotWired's Netizen.