Monday, 4 July 2016

How much news is good news?

How much news is good news?

Obviously the news keeps us up to date with local & global issues & we should have an interest but how much?

Given the seemingly non stop terrorism acts committed by Islamic state groups and gun crime in America in always seems so tragic.

Since having my children I have limited the news I watch. This was a conscious decision. I don't want to bombarded with negativity especially on subjects I cannot change or influence.  With social media you cannot block the news & the atrocities still filter through but I can limit it.

The reason I've been thinking about it now is due to a project my daughter did at school this week. A note in a bottle. Other children wrote about pirates, family, minecraft. My daughter wrote about Syria. She's 9.  The teacher said she'd been a little sad & just wanted me to know.  My daughter says she ok but should a 9 year be worried about terrorism & refuges?

The world is a big and fragile thing. I'm not going to pretend to understand or justify the awful events that fill our newsfeeds on a daily basis but I think I do need to reassure my little one. She loves information, facts and news. This is obviously good but it can be so overwhelming.  I think too much news can never be good.

What's your view?

Emma xx



  1. I was a bit like your daughter when I was younger, I read newspapers and watched the news. Now I tend to read news online as somehow it feels less horrible that way, and I do avoid it quite often for the reasons you say; it can feel overwhelming. It's a tricky one as I don't want to bury my head in the sand either. I guess you just do whatever you need to do! #BigPinkLink

  2. I just happened to see a short video on FB mainly featuring poor children hurt in Syria and I thought of Lily, hopefully she didnt see anything like that as it was so sad and upsetting. She is a lovely sensitive girl, hopefully it might be off her chest now and she wont be worrying too much. I tend to avoid the News as its mainly doom and gloom, yes the News is there to be reported but sometimes we dont need too much sadness from the world!

  3. Aaah, yes, it is sad that children are worried about these things, as parents we want to shelter them from these things as long as possible. I was a very anxious child, and constantly read newspapers, looking for bad news to feed my worries. But I never told anybody that I was worried about these things, and bottled it all up into acute anxiety. I'm the same as you now-I deliberately don't watch the news or read the papers, and quickly scroll passed anything on social media that might be upsetting. I echo what you say-we are powerless to change it, and it will only make me sad, angry, and anxious. I often fear for the world I've bought children into... Thanks for a very thought provoking post!!

  4. Oh bless her, I know that my cousin aged 8 or 9 would also absorb a lot from the news and be very worried about the world. It's hard because as they get older you want them to understand the world around them but certainly want to protect them from the negativity of the news as long as is possible. Thanks for sharing x #coolmumclub

  5. I'm a journalist and there's a saying in the industry that there's no such thing as good news #coolmumclub

  6. I'm a journalist and there's a saying in the industry that there's no such thing as good news #coolmumclub

  7. This is a tough one. I remember last year driving with the news on - turning it up to hear what horrendous massacre had just been reported, and I noticed my (then) three year old listening intently, so I turned it off. I have no idea what is the right or wrong answer on how to protect them whilst keeping them educated and up to age appropriate current affairs, but guess you just have to know your child and trust your maternal instincts.
    In other news (Good news) my (now) 4 year old loves to tell me EVERY FIVE MINUTES that she has good news, and bad news...and the news is always pretty lovely.
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx