Parintii, oripilati de comentariul lui Donald Trump!
Parents across the United States are becoming increasingly worried about the 2016 presidential race. Almost every day candidates such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio throw insults, wild accusations and even sexual innuendo at each other. Is it really safe for children to watch the debates in the US Presidential race or follow U.S. politics in general given the level it has descended to?
Parents do not know how to react when watching the Republican debate with their children. The worst moment in any Presidential debate was when Donald Trump started talking about his hands and well, the size of his penis. We apologize to our readers for using this word, but imagine how hard it is for parents to watch such things live on TV with their children?
The attacks began when Republican Marco Rubio insulted Donald Trump saying, “Have you seen his hands? You know what they say about men with small hands? You can trust them.”
Trump is not someone who lets things lie low, and he immediately hit back. Trump called out Marco Rubio in the Fox News debate and said, “He referred to my hands – if they are small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee”.
Michele Liberton, a mother from Maple Shade, New Jersey, says how that made her feel: “I watched with my 13 year old daughter last night. As soon as that comment was made I looked at her to see her reaction. She said Ewww. Is he talking about what I think he is talking about?”
Steven Schlozman, a child psychiatrist and a professor at Harvard Medical School says, “This is the first time I can ever remember actively thinking to myself whether I can comfortably watch the debate with my kids. Theres no good template for how to talk to a 10 year old about why a presidential candidate just talked about the size of his member.”
Prof. Schlozman adds, “As parents we actually have to step in and say, I might agree or disagree with this politician, but its not even about that. This is not the way for grown people to – or any people – to voice their disagreements.”
Larry Kutner, a child psychologist, disagrees and says that children can actually learn a lot from watching these debates and that it is not necessarily a bad thing:”One of the things that teenagers and preteens are fascinated by is being conned or being manipulated. If your child is watching this, watch it with them and point out, Oh, did you notice he didn answer the question? They went to an emotional argument….Those kind of things will help them be more emotionally informed teenager.”
Linda Sarsour, an Arab American, objected to Marco Rubio’s statements such as “the Palestinian Authority, which has strong links to terror, they teach little kids that its a glorious thing to kill Jews”.
She says she is worried about her daughter’s reaction to such statements: “The fact that thats being said really hurts them. That scares them because they don know who they e referring to, and that could be them. The question is like, What happens if one of these is our president? What do we do?”
Ms. Sarsour advises other Muslim parents to prevent their children from watching the US Presidential debates.
Author: Raghav Hegde – India