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Don't be afraid to let your children see you react to the coverage. It's
important for kids to see that it's okay to show their emotions. Also be mindful
of how much coverage they are seeing. It is important for them to understand
but watching hours and hours of stories from 9/11 would be too much for
anyone, young or old. Even if you are watching and the kids seem to be
involved in something else near by, they can still hear and on some level are
There are a number of resources to assist you in have family conversations
about September 11th. Nickelodeon will be airing a Nick News Special, "What
Happened? The Story of September 11th, 2001" on Thursday, September 1
at 9pm. It will included stories from young adults who were children at the time.
They will answer questions and address misconceptions that many children
have. The special will air commercial-free and is being complemented with an
online discussion guide for parents, educators and caregivers, specially
created through a partnership between Nickelodeon and the American
Psychological Association (APA).
Locally, you can show your children the memorial statue in Lexington by the
court house that was made from steel from the World Trade Center towers.
Here are some links with helpful information.
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, our
children will be exposed to numerous television
specials, memorial/remembrance services, and
documentaries. While it will be hard for us, as
parents and adults, to watch and remember, it is
bound to be confusing to our children who don't
remember or weren't born yet to not only watch all
of the coverage but also to watch our reactions to it.
In the coming days, it is important to take the
opportunity to explain what happened on
September 11th, how it effected you, your family,
the country, and the world. Also explain how the
events changed so many things and what
happened afterward. While the security changes
and war jump to mind, explain to your children how
the country came together. Neighbors helping each
other. Aid and volunteers pouring in from all over
the country. How everywhere you turned there was
an American flag. People came together to help
those directly effected and to help each other cope
with such a devastating event.
Ten years after Nick News with Linda
Ellerbee first heard from kids about the Sept.
11 attacks, the show sets out to separate fact
from fiction for today’s kids in "What
Happened? The Story of September 11, 200";
premiering Thurs., Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
on Nickelodeon. The half-hour special
features commentary from young adults who
remember the day, questions from kids who
don’t and answers from experts, such as
Aaron Brown, Ari Fleischer, Juliette Kayyem
and Tom Kean, among others. on
Nickelodeon. Photo: Barbara
Nitke/Nickelodeon. ©2011 Viacom,
International, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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