Big Bird Tackles Jail-Bird Parents

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I know you have heard of Big Bird from Sesame Street, but what if I told you they would be talking about jail-birds? The popular children’s program will premier its first character with a parent in jail. I know that you are probably appalled, but the program feels that it is important to address this particular issue.

It seems as though this is almost the norm now-a-days, with 1 out of 28 children having an incarcerated parent. This is why the Sesame Street wants to shed light on the issue.

Alex Big Bird Tackles Jail Bird Parents

The fuzzy, blue-haired and green-nosed character’s name is Alex, and his father is in jail. Although he will not be a regular on the program, he will be featured in the online program by Sesame Workshop entitled, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.” This initiative is to help children of incarcerated parents open up and seek support.

 Big Bird Tackles Jail Bird Parents

This is not the first time that the PBS program has tackled difficult situations affecting kids: the program has also introduced other home-hitting topics such as: divorce, death, military deployment, and hunger.

I think that this is a great initiative. This subject is so taboo that no one wants to touch it; but Sesame Street is brave enough to do so. It is healthy for children to have a dose of reality.The topic of incarceration really speaks to the child when it is coming from a muppet rather than an adult.

Do you think that this subject is appropriate for young children?

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Big Bird Tackles Jail-Bird Parents