Can't Get Your Kids To Stop Watching TV? Hire Some Shoes
from the you've-got-to-be-kidding dept
The campaign to get kids exercising is reaching new and surreal levels. We've noted in the past that more video games and TV shows are trying to encourage physical activity (beyond that of watching the screen encouraging more activity). A worthwhile endeavor, despite the obvious failure potential. Now comes a London university student who has designed a shoe that limits how much television a kid can watch. The bizarre-sounding product works by tracking the number of steps taken during the day, transmitting the info to a device connected to the TV, and correlating that to the amount of sedentary time allowed. Once that allotment is reached, the TV is turned off. Notwithstanding the many sedentary activities a kid can choose other than TV, this idea seems doomed for the same reason exercise is on the decline in the first place: kids aren't listening and parents are failing. While we're at it, maybe someone can invent a shoe that reads kids a story or puts them to bed. Sounds far-fetched, but we already know the lengths adults will go to abdicate responsibility.