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What 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.
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What's the story?
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS KIDS EDITION is an NBC news series produced for children. NBC’s Lester Holt anchors the newscast, which includes short segments about current events, young people doing inspiring things, and other interesting news stories. Kid reporters also deliver some exciting information, too. Specific installments of the series feature experts that help answer kids' questions about some of the more disturbing or scary things being discussed in the headlines.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different stories that appear in each news cast. How does NBC Nightly News Kids Edition specifically make the conversations about difficult topics easier for kids to process?
What kinds of stories are excluded from the Kids Edition newscasts? Why? Given that this is supposed to be factual news, is it appropriate to do so?
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