Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: For teens and their screens, parental struggle is how much is too much

Caddy's Restaurants now have a no-phone zone where customers receive a 10 percent discount if they agree to put away their mobile devices.

It's another sign of how pervasive technology has grown in our lives, particular for tweens and teens. Teenagers spend an average of 6 ½ hours each day in front of screens playing video games, texting on smartphones and searching the Internet on iPads.

Parents continue to wonder at what age children should get a phone, and how they can tell kids to give up hours of Minecraft while they're spending 10 hours binge-watching something on Netflix.

On the next episode of That's All I'm Saying yes, shameless plug — Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WEDU Ch. 3, we explore the "Screenagers" world. . . .

Seen on a bumper sticker: Because He's Mine, I Walk This Line. . . .

Saturdays are the best night to listen to local radio. WRBQ-FM 104.7 plays my favorite dance music and DJ Cen-Flo on WMNF-FM 88.5 digs deep into the bin to pull up some of my favorite high school jams. . . .

Speaking of teens, I learned from my daughter I won't hear Sugar, Sugar in the new real-life television series Riverdale. In fact, the old gang is engulfed in a murder mystery, Jughead is a novelist and Archie is having an affair with Miss Grundy.

Good gracious, what's next? Fred Flintstone as a mob-connected loan shark? . . .

So how do you think a guy who worries about technology, frets over cartoon remakes and loves old-school music reacted to Friday night's Rays-Mariners game airing only on Facebook?

At the risk of sounding like the old man telling the kids to get off the lawn, can we just broadcast the game on good old TV?

That's all I'm saying.

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