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, September 29, 1994 M,' ;Ill sf lit, ilkn aleIl ide  Ledulll QUESTION:What is your lew of TV, generally? Should nte attempt to regulate what children watch? DR. DOBSON:Most devision programming is awfult recording to Dr. Gerald Looney, the University of Arizona, by the hoe the average preschool child Caches 14 years of age, he will have titnessed 18,000 murders on "IV vail iedd of Sad countless hours of related rd b0 tolence, nonsense and unadul- MaO Crated drivel Gi Furthermore, Dr. Saul mreggapel states that the most time- mpluming activity in the life of a -d ,! d is neither school nor family " ;!Peteraction. It is television, absorb If this is "social relevance," ..ov 14,000 valuable hours during then I am sick unto death of the ,,lle course of childhood! That is the message I have been fed. before the tube 1v'Iuivalent to sitting Television, with its unparal- fof[ht hours a day continuously for leled capacity for teaching and on [9 yearsl edifying, has occasionally l There are other aspects of demonstrated the potential it car- ilkeklevision which demandits regula.- ties. "Little House on the Prairie" ,,o(aon and control. For one thing, it is ,, was for years the best program ! enemy of communication within available for young children.  family. How can we talk to each I would not, therefore, i ,ther when a $1million production recommend smashing the (  living color is always beckoning television set in despair. Rather, we r attention? I am also concerned about he current fashion whereby each eogram director is compelled to ude all the avant-garde ideas --go a little father, use a little ore profanity, discuss the undis- Christian ethic. In recent seasons, for example, we were offered hilariously funny episodes involv- ing abortion, divorce, extramarital rehtionships, rape and the ever- popular theme "Father is an idiot." must learn to control it instead of becoming its slave. When our children were young, they were permitted to watch one hour of car- toons on Saturday morning and one half-hour program each afternoon, QUESTION:Many American colleges and universities are permitting men and women to live coeducational dormitories, often rooming side-by-side. Others allow unrestricted visiting hours by members of the opposite sex. Do you think this promotes more heal- thy attitudes toward sex? DR. DOBSON: It certainly permits more sex, and some people think that's healthy. The advocates of cohabita- tion try to tell us that young men and women can live together without doing what comes natural- ly. That is nonsense. The sex drive is one of the strongest forces in human nature, and Joe College is notoriously weak in suppressing it. I would prefer that the supporters of coeducation- al dormitories admit that morality is not very important to them. If morality is something we value, then we should at least give it a wobbly-legged chance to sur- vive. The sharing of collegiate bedrooms hardly takes us in that direction. These questions and answers are excerpted from the book Dr. Dobson Answers Your Dr. James Dobson is a psychologist, author and preideut of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the home. Cor- respondence to Dr. Dobson should . le, assault the public concept selected from an approved list. be addressed to: Focus on the good taste and decency. That still sounds like a reasonable Family, P.O. 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