CHILDREN AND THE NEWS
Extra than ever, children watch innumerable, sometimes traumatizing,
information events on TV. It would appear that violent crime and not so good news is unabating. business news
Foreign wars, natural disasters, terrorism, murders, situations of child abuse,
and medical epidemics flood our newscasts daily. Not to mention the grim
say of recent school shootings.
All of this intrudes on the innocent regarding children. If, as specialists
say, kids are like sponges and absorb everything that continues on around them,
how profoundly does viewing TV news actually impact them? How careful do
parents need to be in monitoring the movement of news in the home, and how can
they find an approach that works?
To resolve these questions, we considered a -panel of seasoned anchors, Philip
Jennings, Maria Shriver, Bela Ellerbee, and Jane Pauley–each having faced the
difficulties of raising their own vulnerable children in a news-saturated
Picture this: 6: 30 p. meters. After an exhausting day at the office, Mommy is busy
making evening meal. She parks her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old child in front
of the TV.
“Play Nintendo until dinner’s ready, ” the girl instructs the tiny ones, who,
instead, start flipping programs.
Tom Brokaw on “NBC News Tonight, ” states that an Atlanta gunman
has killed his partner, daughter and son, all three with a sort, before going on
a shooting rampage that leaves nine dead.
On “World News Tonight, ” Philip Jennings reports that a jumbo jetliner with
more than 300 passengers damaged in a spinning material fireball at a Hong Kong
On CNN, there’s a report about the earthquake in Poultry, with 2, 000
On the Finding channel, there’s a regular special on hurricanes and the
terror they create in children. Hurricane Dennis has already struck, Floyd is
Finally, they see a local information report about a painting tool coaster accident at a New
Jersey amusement store that kills a mom and her eight-year-old girl.
Nintendo was never this riveting.
“Dinner’s ready! very well shouts Mom, unaware that her children may be terrified
by this threatening potpourri of TV reports.
What’s wrong with this picture?
“There’s a WHOLE LOT wrong with it, but it’s not that easily fixable, ” notes Bela
Ellerbee, the creator and host of “Nick Reports, ” the award-winning information
program geared for kids ages 8-13, airing on Nickelodeon.
“Watching blood and gore in the media is NOT good for kids and it does not do
much to boost the lives of adults either, ” says the core, who strives to
notify children about world situations without terrorizing them. “We’re into
stretching kids’ minds and there’s nothing we wouldn’t cover, ” including
recent programs on euthanasia, the Kosovo crisis, plea in schools, book-
banning, the death penalty, and Sudan slaves.