The BBC recently hired a new host, Cerrie Burnell, for its children’s television programming, CBeebies. She just happens to have been born with only one complete arm. Now some viewers are writing in to protest that she’s scaring their kids and giving them nightmares.
Really? That just makes me so sad.
As a parent of a preschooler, I think this presents a wonderful, organic opportunity to talk about people who look different. Kids this age are wonderfully open and not at all afraid to ask questions, which in my view is the best way to break down prejudices. And if your kid truly is scared? Explain why she doesn’t need to be.