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Kids and information

November 4, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
When we print information about crimes, we often get complaints from people “I don’t want my kid reading that in the newspaper!”

Well, then don’t let them.

It’s your job as a parent to prohibit your kids from being exposed to something you don’t want them to see. I know one mother who hid the paper under her and her husband’s bed because she didn’t want her kids to read something we were covering at the time. Others didn’t have a problem with it. Both ways are fine — but it’s really not the newspaper’s business how you handle it.

Our job — as I have stated before — is to put the information out there; it’s your job to decide what to do with it. You need to be informed when there is a sex offender in the area, when someone has assaulted someone, and other things. No one likes to think about these things, but, as adults, we have to deal with them.

And as parents, you have to find a way to discuss these things with your children in an age-appropriate way. You WILL have to talk with your kid about sex at some point — it’s just a matter of how you handle it. You can have a calm, fact-based discussion or you can be all embarrassed and just order the kid, “Don’t do that until you’re married! End of discussion!” Which doesn’t inform the child at all.

Are you going to be the kind of parent that your child can come to with questions about what they’ve heard at school from their friends or are you going to be the one where your kid says, “I’d never ask my parents about THAT! They’d freak out!”

By the way, the newspaper isn’t the only place kids can get “grown-up” information.

I knew a woman who ran a pre-school and she told me about something one of her kids had told her. Apparently, the child’s parents didn’t believe in closing the door before they... um... got carried away, if you get my drift. The child — this pre-school child, mind you — innocently described the action to the teacher, who knew full well what was going on.

We laughed over the child’s complete lack of understanding, but did wonder how the parents could be so irresponsible.

What are you exposing your kids to by your own behavior? the books you read? the movies and TV shows you watch? They may be getting more of an education right in their own homes than they could ever get from the newspaper.

 
 

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