Sesame Street has often taken on tough topics, most recently evident in their special hurricane episode after many were ravaged by superstorm Sandy. This time, they’re taking on a topic that hits close to home for many kids- divorce. But unlike tough topics before, which were aired in full episodes on TV, this comes in the form of a tool kit on their website.
“The beloved children’s television show Sesame Street is taking on the D-word for the second time in 20 years.
Abby Cadabby, a fuzzy, pink, fairy-in-training on Sesame Street, explains divorce by talking about her parents’ separate houses in a 13-minute segment that can only be accessed online.
The children‘s show attempted to talk about divorce in 1992 with Snuffy telling Big Bird his dad was moving, but in small test groups, kids did not like it and the episode never aired. Now, for Abby, the divorce has happened in the past, so ‘it is not a new, raw emotion,’ says Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro in the Tumblr Storyboard video above.
Not every child watching Sesame Street will see this — the segment is just one part of a multimedia kit on Sesame Street‘s website called, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.” It contains information to help adults guide their children through a divorce, with a particular emphasis on military families. The kit includes tips for parents, videos and games to encourage children to feel proud of their accomplishments.”
Read more about it on Mashable.com – ‘Sesame Street’ Talks Divorce With Online Kits for Parents and Kid