Should we discuss terror attacks with children?
This is a podcast aimed at atheist and Humanist parents, addressing how we talk to our kids about Humanist ethics. Host David from London Borough of Barnet invites parents to submit their conversations with children on religion, ethics, spirituality and politics.
This week's show: Zoe and Lena discuss whether parents should talk to children about terror attacks in the news. The girls from Toulouse are led in the discussion by their mum, and share their ideas, namely that children should discuss news with parents, but without graphic images.
Lena's view is that it is worth doing this even if children get upset about it. Zoe reflects on cycles of revenge, and how families get locked into these cycles, asking how we would go about breaking them.
These discussions strike me as impressive for an 8 year old and a 10 year old. When given the full attention of an adult who is recording their views, answering uncomfortable questions and giving them time to formulate their own thoughts, children can come to their own conclusions, and often quite fascinating ones.