As adults, we depend on the news as our primary source for information about the world we live in. Whether it’s the local paper, nightly TV newscasts, cable news, news radio, or web sites, graphic footage and accounts of the latest happenings in the world are being delivered right into our homes 24 hours a day. The constant barrage can be especially confusing and frightening for many children.

Used properly, the news can teach children many positive things about the world. Knowledge and understanding of news events can teach kids a sense of belonging and social responsibility.

Many elementary school teachers require kids to follow certain news stories for weekly current events lessons. Additionally, many literacy programs encourage parents and kids to read the newspaper together to develop language skills and healthy reading habits.

At the same time, the daily news can perpetuate stereotypes, confuse, anger and even frighten children. By talking with our kids early and often, we can help them better understand the world around them. This communication can be especially valuable when kids are exposed to tough issues like the Harvey Weinstein scandal (see http://nyti.ms/2yrfyCQ) class="Apple-converted-space">

Sexual harassment, molestation and rape can occur in any neighborhood. The offender can be of any age, race, sex or economic level. In most cases, the offender is not a stranger, but a relative or acquaintance of the family.

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Gordon Clay

Brookings

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