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    Quote Originally Posted by bugsy View Post
    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 news cycle.
    Wasn't that the most horrendous story!! I felt physically ill.

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    I am really not that comfortable. And I find it hard to hear that watching news is some assignment from teacher for this age. Fortunately he doesn't get this sort of assignment from school .

    He does know this world isn't perfect and rosy, but not so disturbing and violent. He doesn't even know how he was made at the moment (well he knows we need a mum and dad) let alone hearing about some sex predator prowling in some park, or rape cases, or priests abusing children! All the murder and physical abuse news are disturbing to me. It's scary what violence fellow humans are doing to one another and I don't know how to explain to him. Makes me wonder if its a good idea at all watching it when he's around and exposing his young innocent mind to this. Maybe it should stay like this a bit longer.

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    OP if you are uncomfortable with it then dont let him watch it or read about it. Thats solely your choice as a parent. Discuss it with your DH and hopefully you can both agree on a time (age) that you think the news will be appropriate for your child

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    The news disturbs me to the point I won't even watch it. I don't think kids really 'take it in' as much as adults do...but in this house...we don't watch the news at all....However..come news such as the floods and natural disasters I do think kids should be educated and know the world isn't as 'fabulous' as the kids tv shows make it out to be.
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    I try and watch the news every night. The kids don't sit and watch it with me but they do come in to the room and ask the odd question. We are in Toowoomba and when we had the flash flooding in 2011, my boys were extremely interested in the news. They like to watch news stories on weather events. They know about Daniel Morcombe and what happened to him and we talk about him all of the time. I don't like them to see war stories on the news or car accidents etc but something's, I think they need to be aware of.

    My work has an Easter egg hamper where we donate Easter goodies for a women's refuge in town. The kids and I went shopping for it yesterday and when they asked why the women and kids couldn't get their own, I told them that there are bad people who do bad things to other people which means that sometimes people have go hide and left it at that. They were happy with that explanation.

    It's a big, scary world that we live in and it's hard to know where to draw the line in educating our little ones.

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    Thank you all for your sharing.

    I think it's a better idea DH watch it after DS1 goes to bed. Perhaps by then he wouldnt be bothered to watch too.

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    We actually don't watch the news much at all, wouldnt even watch it once a week but don't have an issue the odd occasion it is on and ds who is 5 watches it. A few weeks ago the tragedy of a house fire was on the news and ds watched it and got the drift that a little boy had died, he asked lots of questions which I was happy to answer. It made him realise what fires can do. Another time he saw a bad car accident and again had a few questions, it sunk in that it resulted as a cause of speeding. And another conversation i can think of was when he saw on the news about the little boy who had pulled the tv down on him and he died, ds understood the danger. I don't think the news is what he needs to be watching all the time though.

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    I grew up watching ABC news ( from as long as I can remember) .. Can't remember if I was affected by anything .. I did get a grasp on different countries around the world at a young age ..I also became interested in politics rather young as well .. I guess it's up to the parent to make the decision .
    I prefer my girl ( 4 yrs) not to watch the news .. More so on commercial networks .. As its mostly fluffy garbage !

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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 how I feel too. It is of course dependent on the child but from my own experience as a child, I became obsessed with stranger danger and all sorts of things and if I had been exposed to things like Jill Meagher on the news this would have been incredibly disturbing for me. It wasn't until I was in early high school that I could handle this sort of news. Even then and now it can really bother me to hear these sorts of things on the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maybelline View Post
    I grew up watching ABC news ( from as long as I can remember) .. Can't remember if I was affected by anything .. I did get a grasp on different countries around the world at a young age ..I also became interested in politics rather young as well .. I guess it's up to the parent to make the decision .
    I prefer my girl ( 4 yrs) not to watch the news .. More so on commercial networks .. As its mostly fluffy garbage !
    If I ever watched any news as a kid it would be abc news. I think this is a much better option than commercial networks where the news is so sensationalised.

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