all know parents who struggle to control how much TV their
kids watch. I know mine did. They couldn't stand how much TV
I watched in my pre-teen days and so they had to put me on a
quota of certain hours of TV a week. I got to pick what I watched
(within reason), but I had to write out in advance what I wanted
to see. All these years later, my revenge is that I work in
the TV biz.
frustrated parents of more modern times, there's the Ribbit
TV, a product that will be launched at the end of the month.
It's a bright green 13-inch television that actually tries to
teach as it entertains. Among its features: you have to solve
a simple math question before you can watch TV; you can play
games on it; you can do puzzles. Parents can put activate timers
so that the TV can be turned on only during certain times of
it works just like a regular TV (including attaching, a cable
box, a VCR or headphone). It costs $250 and will be available
in toy stores and educational stores at the end of March.