Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2003


Saddam Given 48 Hours

In the remaining thirty-five hours that President Bush has given Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq, the folks over at Sesame Street will be busy, too.

Children's Television Workshop has prepared a set of messages seeking to give kids some comfort. Parents, too. Public television stations have been asked to extend preschool programming all day. While FoxNews and CNN and other channels talk war, many PBS stations will provide a “safe haven.”

The Wall Street Journal points out that children take their cues from adults: if we aren’t edgy or anguished, our kids won’t be, either:

“[One] public-service message features Elmo asking children, "Do you ever feel scared and upset when you see something scary on TV?" Elmo admits he does sometimes, and says when that happens, he talks to a grown-up or draws a picture. Other Sesame Workshop spots will remind parents to listen to their kids and monitor what they are watching, and to be mindful of their own reactions.”

The times immediately ahead require special attention from all of us. We need to be aware of the special demands of this new situation.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

The Wall Street Journal 3/17/2003
Childrens television to talk to kids about war

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