Would you let your kid watch a children's show if the host had a disability?

@vivasuzi (4125)
United States
February 27, 2009 7:46am CST
They brought this up on the radio this morning and it made me think. A new British childrens show has a host who is a lady missing an arm. She was born without the arm, but other than that she is completely like everyone else. Parents are outraged and posting on message boards that they think their kids will be scared by this and their kids will have nightmares. They wonder how they will explain this to their kids. I personally don't see the big deal. A kid will ask "why does she only have one arm" and you will answer "she was born with only one arm but she's still a regular person like you and me". They might have a few follow up questions BUT THEN the kid will MOVE ON and enjoy the show thinking nothing of it. Perhaps if the lady had lost her arm in a horrible accident, then the kids might be scared - but even then the parents could just sugarcoat it "she had an accident and now her arm is gone but she is still ok!". However she was BORN without it, so why on Earth would kids be scared?? I agree with the radio hosts who were saying that it's the parents who are more thrown off by it then the kids. Most kids are very open-minded and willing to accept anyone and anything you tell them, so if you calmly tell them why the lady is different, kids will have no problem with it. Should people be not allowed to work public jobs just because they are disabled in some way? The answer to that is obviously NO, well it's obvious if you ask me. One caller brought up that she works with disabled people and whenever she takes them out in public, kids will try to talk to them. But the Parents will pull the kid away as if they are doing something wrong. Isn't that teaching the kids to NOT accept people with differences? It may be off-putting to turn on a tv show and see someone with a disability, but there is no reason it should "scare" kids! What do you think???
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Feb 09
I agree with you that this show shouldn't be a show to avoid, just because this lady was born without an arm. It's a fact of life and kids need to be exposed to these aspects of like. I think that it should bring out compassion if nothing else, but then again look at society and you can see that there isn't near as much compassion and love in the world as there is hate and violence. It's very sad to hear that parents are teaching their kids to treat handicapped people with scorn and disrespect. That is exactly what they are doing too. No wonder the world is in the state it is in today.
@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Yes it's so wrong that parents have a problem with the show. It's not like the lady is sitting there telling stories about how her arm got ripped off at war or something like that! It's just a fact of her life :( One thing mentioned on the radio is how a show like this could actually be good for kids to get exposed to a disability early on so they aren't shocked by differences people have once they get outside of their little bubble. It's the Parents who are scared of this, not the kids.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
27 Feb 09
You hit the nail on the head. Have a great afternoon!
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
27 Feb 09
i heard about that on our news channel...i would explain what the situation is just incase they have concerns...if they would like to watch still then fine..i wouldn't care..but it's ultimately up to them.
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Good answer. Kids will have questions - they are always curious, but they probably would still enjoy the show just as much once you answer their questions.