I cannot believe this. ...
.""The incarceration of parents has all kinds of effects on children, especially preschoolers and grade schoolers whose emotions can vary from anger to anxiety to guilt that they are somehow to blame. Some experts link the forced detachment to an increased likelihood that the children will end up in prison themselves.
The little-discussed problem gained national attention Wednesday when a campaign by the creators of “Sesame Street” was announced at the White House to help children of incarcerated parents cope and to teach adults in and out of prison how to talk with children about these issues.
The “Sesame Street” campaign, titled “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration,” is targeted to children in preschool and grade school.
Tips from the campaign include honest discussion about parents’ incarcerations so that children don’t construct reasons for the absence of parents or assume the parents left because of them. The campaign also describes prison as a place where adults go when they break rules, rather than a place for bad people — which is what children might hear from friends or see in movies.
It’s a campaign with a local tie, as the Washington County jail will be an early test site and a University of Minnesota researcher will be studying it to see if the program actually helps children and families. The university’s Rebecca Shlafer will compare children who view a “Sesame Street” video and other age-appropriate information before seeing their parents in the Washington County jail with children who don’t.
There is more at this link...http://www.startribune.com/local/south/211315751.html
I feel very bad for these kids, but let's face it, watching a Sesame Street video justifying and minimizing why mommy or daddy are in jail will only exacerbate the "victim" mentality of our society. How about a video about making good decisions, playing by the rules, respecting authority and growing up to be a good person? Let's see what 'Big Bird' has to say about that...IMO, children have no business going anywhere near one of those hell holes. Sad, but the parent should of thought of their kids before breaking the law. They should lose their rights once convicted of a Felony. It is obvious they have no parenting skills when they can't even parent themselves.
I can hear it now in the Count's voice: ONE YEAR! HAHA, TWO years HAHA. And the next question I have, what episodes will Sesame Steet have? Something like..."We Have a New Daddy!" Or "Don't Hide Things in THERE!" Oh and lets not forget..."Mommy Has a Wife" and of course everyone's favorite..."Snitches Get Stitches!"
Ahhhhh kinda makes you want to bring back shows like "The Electric -Chair- Company" also.
I am sure you can tell I am not on board with this idea.
Answer by Ballad at 1:51 AM on Jun. 20, 2013
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Answer by maecntpntz219 at 6:01 AM on Jun. 20, 2013
This is one of those things that if ot doesn't affect you or your child, you will never understand why something like this is needed.
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Answer by But_Mommie at 7:13 AM on Jun. 20, 2013
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