Mommy Talks

TV, advertising and children

Two nights ago, I was scouting for a domain name for Speedy. Yes, I have finally convinced him to try blogging. Tough finding a good domain name that is still available. A lot of good domain names are just parked and some are being used for seemingly unrelated things. Many domain names with “daddy” are actually porn sites.

I was running out of ideas when I remembered that I have mommytalks.com. Okay, so it’s just sitting there waiting for some spark of inspiration to hit me. Or, maybe, I won’t keep it anymore since everything that was there are already in this blog and what I intended mommytalks.com to be is now Pinoy Moms Network. Anyway, I figured it would be a good idea to register daddytalks.com and daddytalks.net for Speedy. Daddytalks.com is taken and I didn’t bother to check daddytalks.net anymore. I’ve learned my lesson — register both the .com and .net domains. It was a painful lesson I learned with Pinoy Cook.

In the course of checking, I visited Daddytalks.com. It’s a (non-local) parenting blog written by a dad. The about page says it is really meant to serve as a portal for fathers around the world. There aren’t too many entries there for a one-year old blog but something did catch my attention — does watching television make kids fat? It links to a report that says the Federal Communications Commission (in the U.S.) planned to “study links between the ads, viewing habits and the rise of childhood obesity.”

I don’t know what happened to that September 2006 plan. However, it piqued my interest.

Sam and Alex grew up at a time when there weren’t any ads on cable channels. That’s why I never discouraged them from watching Disney and Nickelodeon. In fact, Speedy and I shared their enthusiasm with programs like Art Attack and, believe it or not, Speedy spent many, many hours watching Spongebob Squarepants with Alex.

Among the local programs, the girls watched Sineskwela which, in the second half of the 1990s, was not the junk that it became after the turn of the millenium. I don’t remember what kind of ads they used to show with Sineskwela.

Too late to wonder now but not too late to see what ads are being shown on Disney and Nickelodeon programs today. Yeah, they are still staples for Sam and Alex at 14 and 13, respectively. Which means I will probably be spending more time watching The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, Raven, Kim Possible and Totally Spies if only to find out.

Oh, and yes, I did manage to register a good domain name for Speedy. Got both the .com and .net accounts too. :)

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