Sandy Hook Shooting: Should Children Be Interviewed On Camera?

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A camera, reporter and microphone: all part of a television interview, done by news outlets around the world every single day, but when children are the subject of a tragedy, the task gets a little gray.

“This is hard to watch” said child psychologist Marya Endriga as she pulled up multiple interviews on her computer with reporters and children from the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Friday.

“We don’t put children on the witness stand in court proceedings without a careful thought. Here, we have something more stressful,” Endriga said. She told FOX40 that children and adults process tragedy differently, therefore, a child who experiences a tragedy would likely need more time before being interviewed.

Geri Smith of Elk Grove feels differently.

“Everyone in the United States is probably curious as to what’s going on and trying to figure out what’s happening over there,” Smith said.

The news media has the right to interview anyone without consent, even children. It’s up to the reporter to balance the importance of the interview, with the well-being of the individual.

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  • Sammy Johnson

    I don’t think they should interview children and I don’t feel they should show pictures that they have been if the terrified children leaving the schools. I would be upset if it was my child.