Haiti: What Do You Say? (Momversation)

Th launching pad for this discussion on Momversation (a sister site) was the earthquake in Haiti.  Do you allow your kids to see the footage?  What do you say?  But, sadly every few months, it seems there is some big awful tragedy that we have to decide how much of a filter our kids need.  Toward the end of the vid Karen of chookooloonks.com asked, “What age do you take off the filter?”  My stepson is 16, and he has no filter when it comes to current events. I tried to think when that was lifted. I think it was bit by bit, but he had his own computer at 12. At that age he can go on any news site and see stories. I think there is also a danger in becoming jaded to tragedy.

Now, whether a kid that age should have unfettered access to the net is another question…I don’t make those decisions.  For my bio kids I would think twice about it.

In this Momversation you will learn what kept me up at night as a kid.  What kept you up at night?

One thought on “Haiti: What Do You Say? (Momversation)

  1. I remember being a child and hearing something awful on the news. As I cowered behind a chair I wondered how the news people could talk about such horrible things night after night. I imagined it to be among the worst jobs in the world. I was probably around 8 and not used to seeing the news in my family home. It was frightening.

    Fast forward and we do not watch the news when the kids are around, or indeed ever. I get my world news online in private.

    My kids are son 16, and twin daughters 12. I mentioned the massive earth quake to them and apparently all learned about it at school. We made our family donation (and the girls baked tonight for a benefit bake sale). My kids know that we give when we can to such awful events and are proud sponsors to a foster child in Indonesia.

    I personally hate the news as it is so peppered with negativity and doom.. Only watch the Canadian channels as they seem to have a more positive spin on things and are more open and honest. But again, only online. CBC news is my friend every morning.

    I figure my kids can wait until they are older and more mature until they watch the news in all it’s negativity.

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