Crossing the Line
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Bridget Straub
October 2011
Contributor
Written by
Bridget Straub
October 2011

Times are tough right now, and we all know that. There are people suffering financially all over the world and it is a subject that even children are aware of. To some extent it has become unavoidable; however, kids can only deal with so much, and as adults we have a responsibility to protect them as best we can. With this in mind, imagine my surprise when I saw a story on the latest puppet to join the cast of Sesame Street. She is a little girl who often goes hungry because no one can guarantee her next meal. I think my mouth literally fell open.

Sesame Street’s target audience is two-to-four year olds. I know this not only because I have three kids, all of whom watched Sesame Street when they were younger, but because (just to be sure), I goggled it. I ask you, what two-to-four year old needs to be burdened with the knowledge that things are so bad, many kids go to bed hungry?  Granted, most two year olds won’t comprehend it, but the four year olds will.

I am dying to know what the thinking was behind this storyline. What is it they are hoping to accomplish? Do these little children have the ability to do anything to change this? Are we really just going to pass it on to them because we don’t know how to fix the problem ourselves? Is it just out of the question that we should allow kids to be kids and enjoy what little childhood they have?

I am truly baffled, as well as disgusted. Sesame Street used to be an entertaining way of teaching your kids the ABCs, how to count and to be nice to one another. It has been a popular show for as long as I can remember. Would it have been so difficult to leave well enough alone?

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