San Bernardino mass shooting, Paris bombing, Colorado Springs shooting, Metrojet Flight A321 Blown Up Over Sinai, Umpquah College Shooting, Samuel DuBose shooting, Charlie Hebdo attack ...
If you follow the news, you know those names as associated with a few of the violent events that shaped 2015.
But the reporting of these tragic events didn't just impact immediate families and geopolitics. Thanks to the style in which they were reported - and sensationalized - they negatively shaped the neurology of children and young people who inadvertently heard or watched these newscasts - often repeatedly.
This week it's coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting that has taken over CBC, CTV and Global TV newscasts in minute HDV detail showing close-ups of the actual event, the victims, the traumatized, the police lock-down, the car chase, the final shootout, the police swarm, the weapons cache, etc., etc.
Two weeks ago it was the Paris bombings and endless reportage in minute HDV detail of ... the same spectrum of required footage; and the week before it was the Metrojet A321 crash in the Sinai. Or was it the Colorado Springs shooting?
Murder and mayhem is obviously very good for those in the business of TV and radio newscasting; if it weren't then these companies and organizations wouldn't spend so much money covering these stories. And in their frenzied competition for more eyes and ears than the next guy, they'll stop at nothing to bring their blood-drenched stories into our consciousness again and again. And again.
And yet it must stop somewhere. These sensationalized news stories are harming our youngest children. Bad events happen and will continue to happen but our children need protection from extreme, sensationalized news coverage of these events.
Help send this message by signing the ChooseNews petition to the CRTC and Canadian Broadcasters, today.