Growing Up With the News: Most Parents Encourage Teenagers to Follow Current Events, Though Younger Children Are Often Shielded

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

05/24/2007 - In an era in which the news is often dominated by war, tragedy and scandal, America's parents are more likely to encourage their children to follow the news than they are to shield them from it. Among parents with school-aged children (kindergarten through 12th grade), six in-ten (61%) say they often or sometimes encourage their children to follow the news. Fewer parents (47%) often or sometimes try to shield their kids from the news, while nearly four-in-ten (38%) say they never do so.

Even so, most school-aged children are not regular news consumers. According to their parents, only 6% of today's kids follow news about national and international issues very closely and 23% follow the news fairly closely. The vast majority don't follow the news too closely or at all.

View the full article "Growing Up With the News" at the Pew Research Center Web site.

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