Monday, June 29, 2020

Children and car-door locks

We bought our 1999 VW Golf from my father-in-law in early 2000 (he used to buy a new Golf every year with his VW employee discount and sell it a year later). It doesn't have a central-locking system. Even by 2010, I noticed an unexpected effect of this: our children's friends not only weren't in the habit of locking car doors, they didn't not even know how to do it. These days, younger children even ask what the knobs for the locks are for. I don't reproach them for this, of course; it's just a matter of the world they've grown up in, the not just digital world they're native to. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 29 June)

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