It’s hard to miss the fact that the long-waged battle over who will be the ultimate authority in the home – the government or parents – is finally on the steps of the Supreme Court. Everyone seems to have an opinion, with many recognizing one simple fact – parents do a better job:
- The Denver Post: “It’s time to erase the distinction between broadcasting and other forms of media and trust parents to regulate kids’ viewing habits.”
- Reuters: “Waxman said the V-chip and similar technologies now provide parents with powerful tools to block broadcasts they consider inappropriate for their children.
- USA Today Editorial: “There are better ways to protect children than empowering government censors, regardless of whether the court finds the practice constitutional. Since 2000, every TV set 13 inches or larger has included a V-chip to let parents block unwanted shows, and cable boxes also offer parental controls. What’s needed now is better publicity about the controls and how to use them. And, of course, there’s a highly effective parental control technology that’s been around since Ozzie and Harriet — the off switch.”