All this week on the CBC Evening News (6:30 p.m. in most places, but check your local listings to be sure), Katie is doing a report on Children of the Recession. She is doing this mainly because "the ones who bear no responsibility for the crisis, our children, are often shouldering the bulk of the consequences". For more on Katie's discussion of this series, see her blog post on the NYC Moms Blog.
Katie Couric welcomed us all to the conference call and thanked us for helping. She told us that almost all of the CBS news programs will be helping cover this story, in addition to the CBS Evening News. Some of the the many problems facing Children of the Recession that we discussed were:
- Abuse and neglect cases are on the rise. Katie will be reporting on this during Wednesday night's (5/20) evening news.
- The psychological ramifications that the recession has on children. Kids can usually feel the anxiety that their parents are experiencing. Katie will be reporting on this tonight, Tuesday 5/19.
- Teachers who are already overworked and underpaid are now dealing with this. Often they are using their own money to help these children out.
- On Thursday Katie will be interviewing two homeless boys, ages 8 and 10, living in a motel.
- 20% of all families are forgoing medical care. If dental care isn't kept up with it can lead to serious medical ramifications.
- On Monday night, 5/18, Katie ran a story about a grassroots movement began by a doctor called Safe Families. Families take in kids for up to a year to give them a good safe place to live while their parents get back on their feet.
- On Wednesday morning's Early Show (5/20) there will be an expert discussing how parents can talk to their kids about the recession.
- Many families are spending less money on food. Depending on how they are doing this, it could lead to more childhood obesity.
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