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    Personally I thought the news was not appropriate for young children and didn't allow them to see it ... but ... at 7yo my children came home from school with their homework being to watch the news.

    They were in year 2 at the time. I was quite shocked. But obviously it was deemed a normal activity for it to be their homework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    Absolutely agree. Some kids are more sensitive than others and the news would/could be soooo incredibly upsetting and distressing for them.
    I'm still in two mind though how any 7 year old no matter how robust needs to know what happened to Jill Meagher. Did your DS watch the news about that? I'm not being critical so please don't think I am I just have no idea how a young girl would process that a man could do that to a woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I'm still in two mind though how any 7 year old no matter how robust needs to know what happened to Jill Meagher. Did your DS watch the news about that? I'm not being critical so please don't think I am I just have no idea how a young girl would process that a man could do that to a woman.
    We dont watch the news often..just to clear that up to begin with. Its just if it happens to be on or if he happens to be in the room when it is on.

    My DS didnt hear about that specific case but he has heard of kidnapping (all ages) and the horrible things that people can do to one another. He has heard of lots of things that horrible people to to other people and we always discuss it as deeply as DS wants to BUT I make my responses as simple and age apporpriate as I can.

    I will say though, my DS is not sensitive to these kinds of things. He does feel sympathy and empathy and will gasp when he hears a horrible news story but after we discuss it he seems to be left more informed as opposed to distressed or upset. If I thought it was having a big negative effect on him, I wouldnt allow it.

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    Thanks - like I said I wasn't being critical just really curious.

    We don't watch the news as we both read it online so it's not something that comes up. She's seen the odd news flash about shark attacks over summer and that freaked her out enough. She does surf lifesaving so she knows about sharks - I don't know - it's just something about the way news is reported that I'm not overly comfortable with .

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    I can't even watch the news anymore with loosing sleep or being upset by what I have seen.

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    As I child I was always exposed to the news. My dad watched it every night without fail. For the most part it was fine but a few times I got freaked out and had nightmares and still have those images in my head. Think Lockerbie plane crash, crowd surge and people crushed against fences at the soccer in England, challenger explosion. Kidnappings also terrified me.

    DS is nearly 7 and we don't watch the news with him around. It's not an age issue - it's the fact that DS is sensitive and a details person. The few times he's seen a news update we've had 20 questions. There are things and images I figure he doesnt need to know/see just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I'm still in two mind though how any 7 year old no matter how robust needs to know what happened to Jill Meagher. Did your DS watch the news about that? I'm not being critical so please don't think I am I just have no idea how a young girl would process that a man could do that to a woman.
    This is my train of thought as well.
    DS1 doesn't "need" to know a lot of what is on the news. We talk about natural disasters etc and read the paper.

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    Other kids obviously pay much more attention than mine. Mine will listen with glee about space but totally tune out at the rest. We watch the news and he wouldn't know what what happened to Jill meant

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    I have the news on every night but my 8 year old never pays attention. If it's not cartoons he isn't interested lol.

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    I'm not comfortable with DD 8 yrs watching the news.
    I was reminded why the other day when a news item about a baby being shot in the face in an American mugging was on the other day. My DD, who has a baby sister does not need to hear about such a horrible, isolated event happening on the other side of the world.

    Recently we have, however, watched documentaries on the floods in North Queensland, and the tsunami in Japan. There is a way of helping kids learn about the tragedy that does not have to involve the short attention span and sensationalist reporting of the 24 hour news cycle.
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