Dear Paws to Talk,
I enjoy watching television like most teenagers do. I mostly watch sports and music videos. My parents keep telling me that I should watch more news. They claim I need to be aware of what is happening in the world.
Although, when I actually watch the news, it makes me sad. It seems like all the news programs only air stories about shootings, wars, people without jobs and a lot of confusing politics. After a half-hour of watching news I feel blue and a bit helpless. Do I really need to watch the news?
-Rory the Teenaged Human
It is nice to hear from a member of the younger human set. You have asked an excellent question.
We watch the news sometimes with our humans. However, when they started barking back at the TV we leave the room. They can be so embarrassing!
It is our opinion that you should watch the news. Your parents are right in that you need to be aware of events and issues in our world. Unfortunately, violence, disaster and crime are apart of the society we live in. Maybe seeing all of this despair will make you realize how lucky you are?
While you need to know about the serious stuff that happens in this world, it doesn’t have to be the only news you take in. There are many positive things going on such as animal adoption, scientific breakthroughs and thriving volunteer programs.
Of course, don’t forget to stay current on your canine news publications and blogs. Our community has a lot of good information to offer. Plus, you might get a plush toy or bone with your subscription to these news outlets. That is something the network news shows don’t offer.
Take it all in and decide what issues touch your heart. The world can be a sad place but you have the ability to change that message.
Bella and DiDi
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