The daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings are a great way for adults to gain the information they may need in order to understand the effect this global pandemic is having on their communities. However, children and young people are also affected by the disruptions in routine that the pandemic has caused. They are also especially perceptive when it comes to changes in their parents’ attitudes, demeanors and everyday lives.
I was in second grade on Sept. 11, 2001, and I remember my parents watching the news of the attacks on the television in the living room. I recall how badly I wanted to see what they were watching, but I wasn’t allowed because the images on the screen would have given me nightmares. If I were a child living in America today, I think I would be confused, a little bit afraid and certainly curious about the situation that has so aggressively disrupted the world. I would have a lot of questions for the adults in my life and concerns about how this virus was going to affect the people that I care about. And so, over the past few weeks, an idea came to my mind.
I am proud and excited to announce the release of a new web series and podcast titled “Littles News Briefing with Charlotte Pence Bond.” The show will air multiple times a week in order to share information with kids in a way that helps them understand what the coronavirus is and how they can help the country overcome it. The show will include interviews with experts and answer questions from children around the country. It will highlight ways in which kids can support their families and communities during this challenging time.
Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed talking with my grandmother more frequently on the phone. During one of these conversations, she told me about how vividly she remembers the beginning of World War II, when her mother listened to the president’s address on the radio. The events of the world can impact children for the rest of their lives, and I hope to create a space where they can feel involved, heard and reassured.
President Trump and his team of experts have provided a place for adults to access the information that they need. When I see my dad on television each night, it gives me a sense of calm. It is my wish that this series brings that feeling to children all over the country.
• Charlotte Pence Bond is the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence and The New York Times best-selling author of “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” among other works. Her new web series and podcast, “Littles News Briefing with Charlotte Pence Bond,” will be available on Youtube and podcast platforms.