Y'know what, we didnt have cable in our house, until I was in my o'levs, even tho cable was rampant in Pakistan by the time I was in 5th grade. Not that my dad was an extremist or technophobe(cz we got our comp/internet vry early - even when we didnt hav cable!). Cz my parents didnt want us to bcom TV-addicts. Instead our parents encourages sports, reading, pets etc.
We used to have 3 channels- which were all national channels :p which had allotted times for cartoons, movies, documentaries etc. And since the censorboard did its job, our parents never had to worry abt PG ratings. Any good movies for kids/worth watching - our dad would get us , every weekend, sooner during vacations - depending on our behaviour :D
Freedom of choice should be controlled by parents until a certain age- by then morals and ethics set in. Then the parents can leave the rest to Allah.
I remember waiting for Nat Geo documentaries on Sundays. But we were extremely happy with the arrangement. We got cable Post 9-11 for the news. . . and even then, my dad would object to us watching TV non-stop for hours!
He also objects to my forums at times (if i sit too long in a row),
when he sees me glued to the comp, so even now... yea! parents pretty much rule the roost! heh heh.
"O Lord, forgive me, my parents and Muslims in the Hereafter. O Lord, show mercy on them as they showed mercy to me when I was young."