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My 10-year-old son knows our complicated television remote control like the back of his hand, but I can't help thinking it could be more customized for his age and interests. Kids today have cell phones, computers and PDAs built specifically with them in mind -- isn't someone thinking about a kid-friendly remote?
Here's 10 features I would personally include on a remote control redesigned for the media appetite of modern kids:
1) Buttons that directly call up Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and PBS Kids.
2) A button that pulls up a random Miley Cyrus event anywhere on television -- show, concert, awards presentation, movie clip, music video, video tweet, whatever. Same for Justin Bieber.
3) Volume controls labeled "louder" and "Mom says turn it down."
4) One button to skip commercials; another to show only commercials. (Especially if companies like Mattel and Hasbro sponsor the actual remote control.)
5) One large, blinking button that immediately changes the channel to a random nature program... for when there are grownups to impress.
6) A "Sponge/Idol" button that pulls up a 24/7 stream of SpongeBob Squarepants, except Tuesday and Wednesday nights, when it switches to American Idol.
7) The rewind button is relabeled "reload," the fast-forward button is relabeled "boooooooooring" and the pause button is relabeled "bathroom break."
8) Individual buttons for "Girly Girls," "Athletic Girls," "Brainy Girls," "Fan Girls" and "Boys."
9) One button for "Cartoons that Make Sense", another for Adventure Time with Finn & Jake.
10) The OFF button is relabeled "Homework Help."
What features would your children include in a kid-customized remote control? Chime in now!
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