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When TV and the Internet Collide

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It used to be so easy keeping the kids safe… Just make sure they ate their vegetables, avoided the video arcade, and steered clear of weird guys in raincoats. Sure, there were other things too, but the big three are memorable for a reason.

Anyhow, with the Internet now plugged directly into the house, you might as well skip the speeches and just leave your back door open 24-7. Thanks to the insanity of content and unchecked communication available on the world wide web, all manner of twisted garbage and flotsam can easily find its way inside your home any hour of the day or night — invited inside by your ever-curious children. What makes it so hard is that the kids are usually holed up in their rooms on the computer or huddled in some dark corner punching away on their smart phones, so parents (like you!) almost never know what they’re actually watching, doing, or seeing.

Well, no more, we say. No more!

Thanks to the ever-growing digital revolution, the Internet has been properly integrated (finally!) into the very best piece of home entertainment equipment ever invented — the television. That means no more unknown scary stuff happening far away on laptops in the bedrooms upstairs. Instead, park your kids in front of an LG Smart TV with Google TV and watch what happens. The fact that they have to wander the Internet in plain view of everyone is just the beginning. Now, you’ll be able to see what they’re up to, which makes policing the real dangers of the Internet more manageable than ever. But there’s even more.

The kids will totally buy in to this thanks to whiz-bang goodies. The LG remote has a keyboard and mouse for easy access to Facebook, YouTube, and myriad other apps the kids probably already use. LG’s TV also provides real-time info on the show or movie you’re watching, plus 2D to 3D conversion with the push of a button for those Netflix nights. The kids can even customize the TV dashboard to make it suit them personally. Yes, this does mean you may find yourself more deeply involved in their day-to-day life than ever before (including the ickier relationship bits), but at least you’ll finally know what’s really going on with their lives. And, let’s face it — you’re the dad … you’ve got to know what’s going on, or else!

For more info on the newest media/TV integrations, check out the LG Smart TV with Google TV. For safety’s sake!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you today by LG & it’s futuristic, butt-whooping LG Smart TV with Google TV that plugs into the INTERVERSE. And they did not give us a TV, though, in retrospect, they probably should have since we’re obsessed with movies, the internet and rad technology.


13 Responses to “When TV and the Internet Collide”

  1. Steve says:

    I keep smugly telling myself that my boy, now all of 13 months, will be kept off all this techno garbage and enjoy strolls with his parents, sit-down dinners, and book-reading (actual reconstituted pulp-wood books!) before bedtime. I also believe in Big Foot.

    • Paul says:

      I told myself the same thing, till my 9mo old discovered my iPhone. She got her flu shot today. I gave her my iPhone because I figured she’d hold still till she go poked. The nurse gave her the shot, my 9mo old daughter made a loud ouch sort of cry; just the one note. She didn’t look up or even dropped the iPhone or made any sort of struggle and just stayed on bed as nothing had happen. Funny part or maybe the worst part is that I did not unlock the iphone. She was glued to the “enter your password” screen. That was all that it took to make her a tech zombie.

      • Lacey S says:

        My son at 15 months could pick up my Windows phone, hand it to me to unlock, take it back, navigate through the icons to his favorite game, wait through the start-up screen, pick from the menu the flash-card set he wants and then starts flipping through them, continually returing to his favorites. He even figured it out in a few minutes that it only works if only ONE finger is touching the screen and that he has to put it down or re-adjust his grip so his other hand isn’t interfering with the touch sensor. He’s scary-smart. Next he’ll probably figure out how I get to where the Wonder Pets episodes are, so he can watch that on his own….

  2. the grumbles says:

    This is, actually, insanely smart. Isn’t that one of the safety tips they always give, to move the computer out into a publi space where everyone can see the screen? BOOM, DONE.

  3. Chelsey says:

    Yes, in plain view. AWESOME. I wonder what the internets will be like when our kiddos are 13…

  4. Gimme. Seriously. My son has his own laptop (he’s 13, it’s an old family one, we’re not THAT nuts), but no internet access. The internet is dangerous and many parents don’t consider the big picture. Glad to see this out there… stirring the convo, raising awareness… and introducing great tools to help.

  5. Sold! No really, I’ve wanted internet on our TV for a long time. We don’t have cable anymore. The internet is our main form of entertainment!

  6. Miranda says:

    I would love the internet on my tv. Love. Except then we’d probably fight over what site to be on or we’d spend all the days watching videos of the Super Mario Brothers game in 47″ (thank you, Youtube and people with too much time on their hands). So maybe internet on multiple tvs.

  7. Ruth says:

    Wowza…..want!! Of course how am I going to keep my son from keeping me on an infinite loop of phineas and fern cartoons?

  8. This is a great idea IF you have lots of other rules in place… taking turns, time limits, homework on the computer vs. entertainment on the big screen… all things that will be “challenging,” unless of course you have multiple TVs hooked up to the interweb… and then you’re back to the same problem because multiple TVs aren’t usually in the same room.

  9. Lisa says:

    “What makes it so hard is that the kids are usually holed up in their rooms on the computer or huddled in some dark corner punching away on their smart phones, so parents (like you!) almost never know what they’re actually watching, doing, or seeing.”

    They are? I thought it was pretty standard not to allow that for these very reasons. Sure, that tv is way cool, but isn’t it much simpler to not put a computer in the bedroom? You’d still have to do that, even if you bought this tv.

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