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Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by johnnythemonkey on 2 March 2009 8:19am
Yeah, you're right K.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by Spursfan on 2 March 2009 8:48am
Some parents said that their kids were worried that she was (physically) hurting. And that they worried each time she was on that she was hurting.

I can understand that; the kids didn't understand - but surely the parents could explain ???

Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by kazzzz on 2 March 2009 12:32pm
Well I have found that with all of the kids I have had dealings with over the years (mine and my own) kids are rarely afraid of the new and different. I just don't believe that the emotion most of these children felt was fear.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by mrsthing on 2 March 2009 8:22pm
That's what I don't understand. Maybe it's a British thing? Why don't the parents just explain? I've forgotten what the cause is now, but a simple explanation is all that's needed. Maybe the star herself should take a minute of air time to talk about it?
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by Spursfan on 2 March 2009 8:33pm
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by sighthound on 2 March 2009 11:39pm
"Talking about it" was one of the great innovations Sesame Street brought to American children's television all those decades ago. People were shocked at the time that they would bring up topics like race or illness but it totally changed what could be dealt with on kids' tv. There was an incredible episode about the real death of one of the actors on the show. There was another wonderful one on blindness with Stevie Wonder.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by TERRY S on 3 March 2009 1:24am
I remember that, Sightsound. Marlee Matlin was on it, too to teach Children about deafness. I actually wrote an email to the BBC to praise them for telling the parents where to stick it that they had no intention of firing her.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by mrsthing on 3 March 2009 6:39pm
I guess that's why I'm mystified by the response: we've already done all this in the US years ago. She'd be a non-issue here now, or she'd be seen as a great opportunity to explain to kids about disabilities. She'd probably give an explanation early on, then just matter-of-factly go on doing her job. Or Elmo would come up to her and ask her the questions most kids would ask, she'd answer them, and that would be that.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by geordiegirl on 4 March 2009 4:10pm
Yes, Judy, it sadly IS a bit of a British thing - good old British reserve or something, not talking about it - also ignorance-based-on-fear & as everyone said the parents are the stupid ones. Shaming, isn't it? And a minority, really.

I'm sure the presenter herself would indeed be preepared to talk about it on TV but her bosses will be scared too of adverse public reaction.

Ity's a shame the Silent Majority - who won't have a problem - don't speak out more.

I expect it will have been discussed in schools.

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