Images of the war in Iraq are with us 24 hours a day, thanks to special coverage and cable-TV news, and some are getting more graphic and painful as fighting continues and more soldiers and civilians are hurt and killed. It’s too much for some viewers, and it’s not good for kids to watch very much of that news. Tom Rendon is president-elect of the Association for the Education of Young Children, and he agrees their time exposed to the news should be limited.He says their immediate need is to know if they’re safe and secure, a healthy egocentric outlook, so you should reassure them they’re safe and will be well cared for. Rendone says as kids grow older, parents should honestly answer their questions. He says it’s a grownup thing, and you can tell kids adults may understand it but children will not, an appropriate explanation. And if news images are disturbing for adult viewers, Rendone says clearly you should limit children’s exposure.He says radio would be less disturbing and you probably don’t need to watch so much overall. He says children of different ages have different abilities to understand.
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