The Press Should Protect the Kids

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"The public feels strongly that children deserve special treatment from the press. Roundtable participants were almost unanimous in saying that children, especially young children, shouldn not be interviewed about serious subjects or when they may be traumatized without parental permission" (Haiman 31).

Considering the effects reporting had on the adults in this chapter, I agree completely with this statement. What a child says on camera after a tragedy can negatively change their lives. Take the Richard Jewell case and compare his situation to that of a child's. The child may not have discovered a bomb at the olympics, but something traumatic could have happened to them that would throw them into news coverage. Richard Jewell, an adult, had to deal with the damage done by the press for the rest of his life. What about a child or even a teenager who has a whole lifetime in front of them?

When in a traumatic situation, people say things that they don't necessarily mean or act out of their normal behavior. For a child or teenager, a reporting of their interview could cause serious consequences that could be permanently damaging, such as what the child would experience at school from classmates or how it would affect that child's future plans when it comes to applying for college or going to a job interview.


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