We as a family have decided that having the nightly or morning news on is detrimental to our health. I was washing dishes earlier this week after dinner and Jaydon was tuned into the nightly news I had on in the living room. He was listening to the fear of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and his need for power and to destroy the U.S. via ballistic missile. That’s not a thought my son should go to bed with, but he did. My son is eight years old and he’s learning a lot about American history in school these days. He’s learning the ways of our violent world and the world we currently still live in and it scares him. He went to bed that night with deep concern about a missile that could reach where we live.
Upon talking this over with my husband, we have decided that we will no longer watch the news in front of the kids. We can easily find things out via our smartphones. It won’t be too long until our kids have a complete grasp of how terrible this world is anyway. There’s nothing an eight or five-year-old really needs to know by watching the news anyway. The news generally reports on the bad behavior of people and if that is what my kids are seeing on a regular basis, they’ll think its normal behavior. I can’t raise them thinking “newsworthy” behavior is normal. Sure you’ll have some feel-good fluff stories go viral but they are saved for the end of newscasts to leave viewers feeling good forgetting about all they’ve seen, except we don’t forget.
I also think this is why I was never intended to work in the industry. I have a journalism degree. It was my college driven desire to be a reporter and report on the world around me. After having children, I lost the desire to work in the industry. I am now trying to fuel that journalistic mindset with blogging and other creative writing outlets.
How do you feel about kids watching the news? I feel like it’s become just as bad as watching an R rated movie.
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