We don’t watch a lot of TV around this house. We’re so busy (at the splash park, at the museums, at playdates, at “soccer practice,” building a river in the back yard, picking berries, making matchbox racetracks, running up and down the hall and flopping on a stack of pillows, jumping in the jumpolene, kicking balls, batting balls, catching balls, throwing balls, and making up brand new games) that we don’t really have time for TV. Which is awesome. But I do allow it, in 30 minute to an hour increments, every now and then. Which is why I LOVE PBS Sprout and Verizon’s on demand feature. We can play our games, do our experiments, and run around like chickens until we’re just exhausted. And then we can cuddle up with a little Thomas the Tank Engine or Roary the Racing Car or Sid the Science Kid, and we don’t have to start it halfway through or miss the first part of the show. Or stop playing before we’re ready.
But there is one big drawback to this plan. Verizon On Demand isn’t set up for kids. Sure, they have dozens of channels for kids, and dozens of options within each channel, but … and listen closely here … when you hit the “on demand” button to bring up the menu, they play previews of VIOLENT, R-RATED movies in the top right quadrant. So when we’re trying to watch a little Zooboomafoo, we’re treated to several bonus minutes (as we speed through the menus, which takes time even when you know exactly we’re you’re going) of violence, death, screaming, and fear.
The kids don’t like it and neither do I.
I don’t mean to sound overprotective here, but I just don’t see why the previews can’t be limited to more innocous fare — or at least calmer previews. (I don’t like it when I’m trying to settle down at night with a good Grey’s Anatomy either.)
Verizon On Demand? A good idea, but NOT kid-friendly.
P.S. I’m giving away a Sid the Science Kid DVD pack this week — go to Review Planet and leave a comment to enter.