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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 6, 2006 / 13 Tishrei , 5767

TV Karts just what the glazed-over ordered

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apparently, the pimp-my-ride craze is now hitting grocery carts. A New Zealand firm is test-marketing brightly colored plastic shopping carts designed for children. Each cart seats two, has a top-load overhead storage bin and comes with small a DVD player in the dashboard. The TV Kart, which resembles a cage (one would hope that is purely coincidental), offers Barney, The Wiggles and Bob the Builder.


Children are now able to watch television from the comfort of home, in the car on the way to the grocery store, while at the grocery store, in the car on the way home from the grocery store, and once again when finally back at home. If you could rig a pulley from the refrigerator to the living room, the little darlings might never have reason to leave a sitting position.


Technological wonders aside, we must ask, is this a good thing?


Avid football fans might shout "Yes!" but these are children we are talking about, not armchair quarterbacks.


A grandfather in Atlanta, where the carts are on trial, told National Public Radio that he loved the TV Kart because it keeps his grandson quiet. Yes, silence is golden, but increasingly, it appears to be a rather constraining world in which to be a child. Sit still for your Baby Einstein, mommy needs to talk on the phone. Sit still for your Sesame Street hour, mommy needs to work. Sit still for Barney, mommy needs to grocery-shop.


It was on trips to and from the grocery store that our youngest learned to read. She followed the song lyrics that came with a Randy Travis tape. Sure, her early vocabulary included words like heartache, railroad, whiskey and lonesome, but the point is that kids can learn a lot without their faces glued to screens.


There are many things for children to learn at the grocery, and not just about fruits and vegetables, colors, counting, unit pricing and how to find the expiration date on yogurt.


Average children with normal energy levels can learn things like self-control: "Do not touch another thing. I'm not going to tell you twice."


Or concentration: "Do not move - do you hear me - do not move a muscle." Physical coordination: "Stand right there and keep both hands on the cart." Delayed gratification: "We do not open food in the store and eat it."


Consequences: "If you jab your sister again, you're going to be very sorry."


We now have televisions at the gas pump, televisions in restaurants and airports and televisions dangling from the ceilings of the mega-marts. We are raising a generation of children that think life happens in front of a 15-inch screen or on a wall-size plasma. Before long they will be demanding to TiVo life and play each day back without commercial interruptions.


The $1,500 carts, which shoppers can rent for $1, are being tested by chains in eight states. Capco, the manufacturer, claims the carts can net stores thousands of additional dollars from customers who spend more time shopping. That's hard to believe in an industry with such a narrow profit margin.


But, of course, they also claim the carts will keep kids quiet. And they might. But there is more to being a kid than sitting quietly in a trance-like state, glued to a moving picture on a tiny screen.

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