This is what we’ve become. We’ve taken one step closer to becoming a society that takes no responsibility for anything our children do.
The powers-that-be are looking to enforce a Super V-Chip to not only screen and filter television content, but content on all sources of media ranging from mobile phones to the Internet.
What is a “V-Chip“? I’m glad you asked!
V-chip is a generic term used for television receivers allowing the blocking of programs based on their ratings category. It is intended for use by parents to manage their children’s television viewing. Most 13-inch and larger televisions manufactured for the United States market since 1999 and all units as of January 2000 are required to have the V-chip technology. Many devices similar to the V-chip have been produced.
The rated programs’ signals are encoded according to the rating, on line 21 of the broadcast signal’s vertical blanking interval using the XDS protocol, and this is detected by the television set’s V-chip. If the program’s rating is outside the level configured as acceptable on that particular television, the program is blocked.
As with all technology, there are simple, non-technology solutions around it. Children are smart, I know my daughter is. If I put a lock on the television or her mobile phone, she’ll just go to a friend’s house and watch the “forbidden” show there, or on her friends’ cellphones.
Luckily for my daughter, she has parents who care about her upbringing, and she knows what is wrong and right, and she’ll make the decisions that are best for her. Telling a child that they’re not allowed to do something, is a sure-fire way to get them to figure out a way to do that exact thing without your knowledge.
At what point did we stop becoming parents, and start blaming everyone else for the poor habits and upbringing of our own children?