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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It explains what the news is, and discusses the importance of facts to understand what is happening around the world. Concepts (like virus, race, protest, etc.) are defined. It also promotes critical thinking and media literacy.
It highlights the fact that children are exposed to the news, but may need guidance to understand what is happening and why. The importance of kids discussing the issues with their parents and family is underscored. There's lots of interesting and inspiring news as well as challenging stories.
Positive Role Models
Lester Holt offers a professional, but more casual version of his news anchor persona in each installment. episode in order to be more appealing to young viewers. Young people from around the country are profiled thanks to the work they do to help others.
Violence & Scariness
Issues like getting sick, protests, and other disturbing news reports are included, but are deconstructed in ways that are more gentle and less frightening than if the stories were to appear in the regular NBC Nightly News series.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NBC Nightly News Kids Edition is a short news program that presents news stories in ways that are easier for kids to understand and process. It offers the opportunity for children to improve their media literacy skills. It's intended for viewers between the ages of 6-16, but some segments deal with complex and potentially scary topics (like race relations and COVID-19), and parents are encouraged to talk with kids about what they've learned.
Is It Any Good?
This series offers child-friendly journalism by covering timely, factual accounts in ways that young viewers can understand easier than its adult-oriented evening news counterpart. Top stories address events that are headlining across the world, such as the spread of COVID-19, and ongoing race-related protests. But the reporting is less overwhelming for young viewers to process, even though the facts remain the same. Furthermore, many of these stories explain, rather than simply report, events so that children will have an easier time understanding what's happening around the world. More importantly, these narratives are presented in ways that invite young viewers to talk to their parents about them. The time spent on these stories is purposely limited, and most newscasts follow them with youth profiles, features about animals, and other pieces that help keep the overall newscast upbeat. NBC Nightly News Kids Edition is a great viewing option for young news enthusiasts. It also offers a great opportunity for young people to work on their critical thinking skills while becoming more media literate.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.