He says that although we don’t really know how the ability to see what they want when they want affects kids, we do know that, if overused, on-demand media can be as much of a trap as any other kind — especially when parents feel the need to keep their kids constantly entertained. And as Dr. Rich points out, "If there’s nothing good on TV…that’s a good reason to turn the set off."
Potential problems aside, however, the article suggests that on-demand media can be a boon to parents and children alike by allowing parents to:
- Substantially reduce their
kids’ exposure to TV advertising
- Store a selection of child-appropriate shows to use as desired
- Hold off on watching a particular show until the time is right (e.g., it’s not too late at night, homework is finished, etc.)