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Old 03-23-2020, 07:30 AM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by djsuperfly View Post

Most children thrive on structure and routine and this has vastly disrupted that. So, yes, they do need to understand why. I guess I had the most problem with your OP with the "children should be on a need-to-know basis" comment. And, again, I don't lie to my kids or try to sugarcoat things.
That ^^ is the definition of "need to know" basis. You even said it yourself. They need to know why things are different.

But shielding them from grim details and the fear-mongering dramatics usually seen on network TV news isn't sugarcoating or lying. It's just using discretion as part of parenting.

Thanks for actually taking time to explain your reply.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:59 AM
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Location: NJ
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My kid hasnt watched any of it. Hes aware of it because thats why there is no school and he has to wash him hands and stay further from people. But hes figured it out mostly on his own and we have answered questions. But someone (his brother i think) told him that the governor said we have to stay inside to he tried to bring all his yard toys inside because he thought he would die if he went outside to play. Which is super sad to me
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:09 AM
Location: North Carolina
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I think to keep kids calm about this, the grown-ups also need to not oversaturate themselves with coverage, so that anxiety doesn't rub off on their kids.

Having a general idea of what's going on to the extent necessary to protect oneself and be a good citizen to others until the storm passes is prudent, but not soaking up all the hysteria (there's a lot out there). The rule of diminishing returns definitely applies here, with a little anxiety being good (to help make good decisions and take the situation seriously) but there's a point where it quickly goes from helpful to debilitating, and the news media doesn't care if people reach that point, even if they say they're all about facts and not fear.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:18 PM
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My kids are 4 and 5 and they know about coronavirus. I mean school closed because of it, not sure how or why people would shelter kids from what is happening. we’re not saying people are dying from it but we are telling them there is a virus that people are getting sick from and we have to try our best to make sure we don’t get sick from it. They’re not watching or listening to news coverage on it.

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