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.
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.
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?