It's one thing to be a parent talking to your kids about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting -- it's quite another to be a journalist writing a news story about it for them. My audience is five- to 12-year-olds and somehow I had to write a story that wouldn't be too scary or grown-up. While I don't get to choose the news, I still get to choose how I report on it.
Children will immediately try to put tragedies like the Norway attack in a context relevant to their own lives. Will this happen to me? This means that it is important to provide information that manages anxiety and fosters compassion.
If I had to venture a guess as to how many journalists have had to defend themselves -- and their professions -- to someone
Sitting in my online journalism class, in my second year of my journalism degree at Ryerson University in Toronto, I am told
Learning over the holidays should happen spontaneously and naturally. It should be a situation where the child is intrinsically motivated to learn something new. Tap into a child's interests and encourage them to explore what inspires them most.
When the summer hiatus began, my children looked at me, heads tilted to the side with an inquisitive look of, "What now?" So I delivered a one-page newsletter to my daughters. I probably should have left it at that.