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The ABCs of Back to School: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sesame Street special tackles 2020 back-to-school season.

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This special does a great job of reinforcing good habits for kids doing both in-person and distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to help kids with the uncertainties surrounding school, reassuring them that grown-ups are working hard to give them a good school year and that everyone's in this together. Kids will likely get a lot out of hearing other real kids' questions and knowing that other kids have the same worries and curiosities as they do. Seeing Muppets doing now-familiar things like wearing masks and showing off their makeshift bedroom desks also helps normalize the pandemic for young kids.

The ABCs of Back to School: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families is quite long though, so young kids will probably lose interest if they try to watch it all in one sitting. Parents may ultimately feel unsatisfied by the experts' opinions, as there's still so much uncertainty around the pandemic and school, and experts are only offering their best guesses for how to proceed. Regardless, if parents and kids watch the special together, it can be a great conversation starter to help parents get an insight into kids' feelings during this unusual time.

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