Making the World Less Scary for Kids

Hats off to Kevin Kunkel, author of the children’s book, The World We Choose.

How do you explain to children that all of the bad things they see or hear about on the news are not likely to happen to them? How can we make the world less scary? Watching the news can give viewers distorted perspective on risk in the world. And that fear can be exacerbated for children.

This is exactly the problem that author Kevin Kunkel wanted to solve with The World We Choose. Believe it or not, the world is actually getting better, in spite of what we see and hear on the news, and Kevin wanted a way to explain this to children.

“The world is good, and its getting better.”

Kevin Kunkel

This isn’t just pollyannaish happy talk. It absolutely is true the world is getting better. According to this article in Vox, 23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better, Vox has outlined 23 ways in which the world is getting better. To give you an example:

  • Extreme poverty has fallen in the last 25 years.
  • Child labor is on the decline.
  • People have more leisure time in developed countries.
  • Life expectancy is rising.
  • Homicide rates have fallen dramatically.

In this video interview, Kevin explains to videographer, Bob Metoxen, about his goals in writing the book.

Hats Off to Kevin Kunkel, for taking on this challenge! Let’s all do something today to make the world seem a little less scary to our children.


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