Since last Sunday, when President Barack Obama announced the death of Osamabin Laden at the hands of military forces, parents have grappled with how to explain the news to kids.
Certainly, blowing off any kind of conversation doesn't mean kids aren't going to hear about it and have ideas. Even if they weren't yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, their lives are affected by the terrorist attacks brought on by the al-Qaida leader, as this special edition of the Fine Brothers Kids React series shows.
It's a departure for the YouTube film makers.Their usually fun (and always informative) Kids React series reveals to grown-ups how a key YouTube demographic (kids) thinks about Internet memes such as Keyboard Cat and pop culture phenomena such as Charlie Sheen. Here, the Kids React cast of 6 to 14 -year-olds talk about President Obama's speech on the death of bin Laden.
Megan, 8, watches a video of President Obama addressing the nation.
"We find it is important to take pause when historical events occur and to reflect on how the next generation views the actions of our ever changing world," reads the Fine Brothers video introduction. " Though this is a more serious subject than our usual episodes, it is valuable to learn from the insights of more innocent eyes than our own."
"While the topic can be dicey, it’s important to tailor your words to your child's maturity level," writes Amy McCready, TODAY Moms contributor and Positive Parenting Solutions founder writes.
As William concedes in the video, "I mean, I don't know if this is correct, I'm 10,"
Then again, this Kids React video shows, the maturity level of children is not that different from those of some adults.
If you're tempted to believe these kids are only spouting the words they've heard from adults, note how 10-year-old twins Megan and Shannon argue over very differing points of view.
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