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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Answer and New ?

My most recurring dream has been that my teeth are falling out...sometimes just falling out whole, other times crumbling in to a million little pieces and falling out. For those wondering what that means exactly, it usually indicated that your health and/or business is in jeopardy. I am happy to say that I haven't had this dream in over a year. Coincidentally, It was almost a year ago that I finally decided to take charge of my life and stop feeling like ass.

New Question:

Do you think it is appropriate for young kids (say under the age of 16) to watch the news?

I am anticipating that what ever responses I get (if any) will fall somewhere on both sides of the coin.

Yeah, I decided to get all controversial! FUN!


Deb said...

I was going to just say yes, and then I realized that we always did and look at the nasty blogging habit I wound up with! LOL!

Seriously, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this. My want to shelter them wars with my sense that they may as well learn that the world is an ugly place sometimes. And for my parents, I think it was also a "the house belongs to the adults" thing...if my dad wanted to watch the news, then that was what was on, period. *shrug* I think it's a personal taste thing...no deep damage either way you choose, kwim?

Wayne said...

I think they should be allowed. I'm not sure that its a good thing to over shelter your kids. They will find these things out via other kids ect soon enough anyway. I honestly think that there is more harm in trying to shelter kids from things then expose them to them in a way that you can teach them how to deal with them.
ignorence is dangerous.

Caltechgirl said...

I think it's important for kids to know what's going on in the world as soon as they are old enough to understand it, at least abstractly. As long as Mom and Dad, or some adult is there to answer their questions...

Like Deb, I had to watch the news every night because that was what was on. I learned a hell of a lot. I think it's a great tool to learn about civics and geography and politics, and really, how things REALLY work. You see these surveys on how Americans don't know where different states are, or who the VP is or whatever, well, you can learn that from watching the news and paying attention.

And Deb, hon, your kids were born with a blogging habit that they picked up in the womb :)

Jay said...

16 is young?

Anyway, I agree; yes. When you're young enough it's mostly just background noise. However, I clearly remember seeing Vietnam coverage on TV and I don't think it hurt me any. Watergate just bored me. Kent State shocked me to the core and I can still remember that day. I think I was already a libertarian and maybe that cemented it.

Mrs. Peeps said...

I think watching it is fine as long as a parent is there to answer questions.
Although I do feel that the news can be a little to graphic at times for young children so moderation is key.

Deb said...

ROFL! Yeah, I guess it's too late for them, isn't it? Then again, maybe that mom and dad do it will make it deeply uncool and they'll escape it.

Anonymous said...

I think it is absolutely appropiate for kids to watch the news. Do you know how many people in this country do not know who our vice president is? Or who the attorney general is? Granted, the media in this country is controlled by large corporations (going off on a tangent here), but it is important to in some way be informed of current events.