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Here’s What To Consider If You’re Thinking Of Watching The Presidential Debates With Your Kids


A presidential election is usually a pretty big deal. It’s an event with international implications. It gets people civically engaged and brings all attention to politics for a few months every time. That said, 2020 is not like every year. It feels like we’ve been in the thick of an election cycle for much of the last four years. Now, we really are getting down to the wire. Tensions are high about a lot of different subjects, many of which will be covered in the first of the presidential debates on Tuesday night.

Historically, kids have been assigned to watch and write or talk about the debates. But in 2016 we learned debates weren’t exactly guaranteed to be the PG event they once were. People are expecting things to get ugly.

As parents, you have to wonder if it’s the kind of thing you want your kids to watch. Likely, families will have good reasons to make either decision. For younger kids, it may be a lot. But for older kids, it gives important insight into the civic process in the limited number of elections they’ll experience before they become part of it themselves.

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