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[I believe] in the resiliency of the human spirit and that the negative aspects of pandemic isolation can be mitigated by the type of safety net parents provide for their kids.
The current environment [is] a kind of “social hurricane” with two major risks: Infants and toddlers don’t get to interact with one another and, at the same time, they pick up signals from their parents that other people might be a danger. We’re not meant to be stopped from seeing the other kids who are walking down the street.
If it’s educational television and it’s well designed TV, it’s not so bad for kids. And in fact, can very much help under-resourced children. If, however, it’s watching the nightly news or some of the violent programs that we all have on our televisions today, it’s pretty terrible for children.