For the last few weeks my 9-year-old has been very concerned about North Korea bombing America. He keeps asking me about the possible missiles the North Koreans have to deliver their nuclear devices. I keep telling him not to worry, but I can remember worrying in the 1980s about the Soviet Union attacking us as well. I understand what he’s feeling.
I worked hard on Monday to keep him away the news about Boston. I kept shooing him out of the room as I was trying to watch and read coverage on my computer. I didn’t want to add another potentially scary prospect to his analytical and imaginative mind. I can fairly easily tell him the North Koreans can’t reach America. It’s pretty hard to say that about terrorists when they’ve just blown up a marathon route in a major city. (If he hadn’t been so concerned about North Korea I probably would have at least told him about Boston. I mentioned it passing today to Rose. But I just didn’t want to stress the poor kid out!)
A friend suggested that I not let him watch the news. I told her he’s finding it himself on the Internet.
Another friend said she thinks that he pays extra attention to news because both of his parents are involved in the business and are talking about it at home. I’m not sure that’s it.
So I am wondering: Are your kids tuned into the news? Are they watching it on TV? Are the reading articles on the Internet? Does it make them worry? Are they aware of what happened in Boston on Monday? Are they concerned about North Korea lobbing nuclear warheads at us? How aware are they of what is happening in the world?
Do you try to hide some news from your kids? Do you try to discuss it or frame it?