9/11 Coloring Book: Is it Appropriate for Kids?
September 2, 2011
by Kate Goodin
The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is coming up, and kids are bound to ask tough questions about the whys and hows of it. A coloring book called "We Shall Never Forget 9/11 Kids Coloring Book" tries to offer a kid-friendly activity and explanation of what happened that day. It's rated PG because it "deals with the truth and a portion of the proceeds from this book go to charity," according to a press release on ColoringBook.com. But is the page depicting a Navy SEAL pointing a gun at Osama bin Laden (who is hiding behind a veiled woman, an incident which was later proven to be untrue) befitting a PG rating?
Plus: Talking to Kids About 9/11
TODAY interviewed Eric Rossen, a director at the National Association of School Psychologists, who said he does not think the book is appropriate for kids. "Violent imagery can impact thoughts and emotions and increase […] fearful behavior among children," he said. Wayne Bell, the publisher and head of Really Big Coloring Books, said that their book was "built to educate, not to offend."
Plus: How did you talk to your kid about Osama bin Laden's death?
Do you think this coloring book is OK for kids? How will you talk to your kids about 9/11?