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Disaster photographs on the bus: effect on children

Our local bus service recently changed the provider of "content" to the television screens on the bus. While the old provider showed mostly discreet and non-controversial photographs, the new version (nau.ch) shows quite graphic photographs to illustrate news stories.


For example, in the last few days, we've had images of houses burning spectacularly in California, a childs buggy lying knocked onto its side to illustrate the anniversary of a terror attack in Australia, a bus cut into two at a level crossing in France, a train crashed onto a motorway in the USA, bad car crashes in Switzerland, all illustrated dramatically.


While I understand that the kids need to learn about this at some stage, I would never deliberately expose my children (who are 5) to these images until they are at an age where they're able to start to understand and cope with the concept and frequency of disasters. We don't show the TV news to the kids and they're not exposed to it much anywhere else (they do sometimes pick up Blick am Abend or 20 minutes, but in these newspapers the disasters are generally balanced with photos of normal or positive events).


I get that news is "saturated" these days and kids of all ages are exposed to it to some extent anyway, but am I unreasonable in thinking that the bus should not be showing these kinds of pictures? What age is appropriate for kids to be seeing this kind of thing anyway?
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Re: Disaster photographs on the bus: effect on children

It's just the news. Most kids are busy looking out the window at that age anyhow. I wouldn't worry about it.
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It's just the news. Most kids are busy looking out the window at that age anyhow. I wouldn't worry about it.
And kids older than that are playing with their smart phones.
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Re: Disaster photographs on the bus: effect on children

Itīs just when you see you kid mesmerised by what is shown on the screen, staring with an intense unblinking gaze and a drooly grin that you should be worried.
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Re: Disaster photographs on the bus: effect on children

Do you also take all metro's and 20min papers away in your surroundings in public transport, or ask the guy across you to put his paper away if there is a picture on the frontage?
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It's just the news. Most kids are busy looking out the window at that age anyhow. I wouldn't worry about it.
I call bullshit.

I'm a "school run" bus - they all see the screen and look at it. FFS - adults do it in pubs, so why do you think kids are any different?!
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I call bullshit.

I'm a "school run" bus - they all see the screen and look at it. FFS - adults do it in pubs, so why do you think kids are any different?!
Agreed. And kids are generally attracted by tv-screens and moving pictures.

Tbh, if I had to ride a bus I would not want to be confronted with this either. Sometimes there is even stuff on EF that I think " I didn't need to know/see that".

OP, I would send an email/letter to the bus company to at least bring this to their attention.
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