My sons in year one at school, for anyone not up with the English system, its 5-6 year olds, they daily watch something called ‘Kids news’, I don’t know which outlet they watch it from but its part of their routine. Thats fine by me. I think children should be exposed to some news and to understand the world is bigger than just their own set of circumstances. However at 6 I still feel this needs to be censored and careful with what is delivered.
Today my son has come home and told me more details about the helicopter crash today than I personally know! He knows someone had a broken leg, and that someone had multiple injuries, and that people died. He knows it was flying in fog and that the lights werent on the tower. He knows that it fell to the ground in a fireball. In the same news bulletin they also saw about the emergency landing a plane did in Japan. Thats two negative pieces of information about flying.
At 6 my sons sensitive. He picks up on everything and over-thinks everything, totally like his mother at that age! And so I know tonight he will dwell on this. There will be more questions. He will then get upset over it. Probably have bad dreams about it and the cycle will repeat for a few days.
I agree with people who say you can’t wrap children in cotton wool. Of course you cant. But I think as parents and in schools they should be aware of how emotionally developed a child is and how much they can handle. As a parent I hid as much of the recent gun masacre in america from my son as possible. That was until he got up ahead of me one morning, turned the television on which was on BBC and watched the news until I got up. Needless to say he got a great bunch of information about it and we had to have a long chat about the fact that it rarely, if ever, happens in the UK and that he was quite safe to go to school. However if he hadn’t got up ahead of me I would not have approached that subject with him as I felt it would do more harm than good.
I can’t decide whether to approach the headteacher over this or not. I don’t want him excluded from that period of the lesson but I would prefer them to be more aware!
Would love to hear everyone elses thoughts? Should we just expose our children to all the harsh realities of the world? Or censor it? Or protect them completely?