Should Your Child Watch TV News? Surprising Opinions of Top Anchors


More than ever, children are witnessing countless, sometimes traumatic,
news on television. It seems that the number of violent crimes and bad news is not decreasing.
Foreign wars, natural disasters, terrorism, murder, child abuse,
and our media is flooded with medical epidemics every day. Not to mention the ominous
a series of recent school shootings.

All this permeates the innocent children’s world. If, as psychologists
They say that children, like sponges, absorb everything that happens around them,
how do they really affect the news on television? How careful you are.
parents should follow the news in the home and how
Do they find an approach that works?

To answer these questions, we reached out to a group of experienced presenters, Peter.
Jennings, Maria Shriver, Linda Ellerby and Jane Pauley – each with
the difficulty of raising your own vulnerable children in rich news

Imagine: 18.30 After a tiring day at the office, Mom is busy.
to cook food. She parks her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in front of her.

‘Play Nintendo until lunch is ready,’ she tells toddlers
instead, start turning the chains.

Tom Brokaw reports on “NBC News Tonight” that Atlanta’s criminal
killed his wife, daughter and son, all three with a hammer before continuing
a shootout in which nine people were killed.

On “World News Tonight” Peter Jennings reports that there is a large airliner.
More than 300 passengers crash into metal fireball in Hong Kong

CNN has reported on the earthquake in Turkey since 2000.
killed people.

The Discovery Channel has a special issue about hurricanes and
horror they cause in children. Hurricane Dennis has already been inflicted, Floyd is already

Finally, they see a local report on a rollercoaster accident in a new
An amusement park in Jersey that killed a mother and her eight-year-old daughter.

Nintendo has never been so convincing.

“Dinner is ready!” the mom yells, not knowing that her children might be scared
this impending medley of TV news.

What’s wrong with this image?

“There are a lot of problems, but they’re not easy to fix,” Linda says.
Ellerby, creator and host of “Nick News”
program for children from 8 to 13 years old, broadcast on Nickelodeon.

“Watching blood and blood on TV is not good for children and it’s not good.
there’s a lot to improve the lives of adults,” says the presenter, who is keen to do so.
to inform children about world events without terrorizing them. “We like
stretch the child’s brain, and we can’t hide anything.” –
recent programs on euthanasia, the crisis in Kosovo, prayers in schools,
prohibition, the death penalty and Sudanese slaves.

But Ellerby stresses the need for parental control, foreclosure
children of unfounded fears. “During the Oklahoma City Bombing
there were horrific images of injured and murdered children,” Ellerby recalled. Children
wanted to know if they were safe in their bed. In studies conducted
Nickelodeon, we found out that kids find the most horrific news
on TV.

Whether it’s the Gulf War, the Clinton scandal, the downed jet or something like that
When you arrive in Littleton, you have to calm your children down again and again,
that they’re going to be okay — that’s why this story is new
ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS. News – the exception … no one goes up in the air
satisfied and will report how many planes landed safely!

“My job is to post information in an age-appropriate context and below.
Fears. Then parents really have to watch what their children are watching.
and discuss it with them”

However, a new study of the role of media in children’s lives has been conducted
Henry J. Family Foundation Kaiser shows that 95% of national children
Children aged 8-18 watch TV without their parents.

How does Ellerby view the typical jaded mother scenario above?

“My mother is beaten here. Where’s Daddy? Ellerby asks. Maybe at work
or living apart from their mother, or total absence.

‘Right. Most moms and dads work hard because we do
live in a society where the only income no longer reduces it, “

NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver, mother of four – Katherine,
13-year-old Christina, 12, Patrick, 10, and Christopher, 6, agree with Ellerby: “But
Don’t use the TV as a babysitter as they do manicures! “
The 48-year-old presenter said.

“These mothers are struggling to make ends meet, and they’re doing it because
they need help. I don’t think the kids will watch the TV as much as they
parents held a football game at home.

‘When I need a TV as a nanny,’ says Shriver,
When you look at the instructions while traveling: “I made a safe video. I don’t mind
that my children saw “Beauty” or “My Best Friend’s Wedding”
3,000 times. I’d be more afraid if they watched the local news for an hour.
frighten them. They might feel, ‘Oh my God, someone’s coming.
and shoot me in my room? ”

Seeking to look after her children more from her husband’s side,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, became Governor of Shriver
reduced and adjusted his workload as an anchor contribution to NBC’s Dateline
her home office: “You can never be vigilant enough for your children,” she says
says, “because watching violence on TV clearly has a huge impact on
children – whether it’s TV news, movies or cartoons. “

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