Concerned that your children aren’t reading enough or that they are not as aware of current events as they should be?
Then buy them an old-school copy of the Jan. 28 New York Times.
That Sunday’s print edition will include the debut of a new monthly “Kids” section. The special section will cover the usual gamut of news, sports, science, food, arts and opinion but with writing, illustrations, photography and even how-to’s all geared toward younger readers.
The Times initially printed a similar kid-friendly special section covering real-world news in May 2017. It received rave reviews, and second edition followed in November, along with an announcement that it would become a monthly feature in 2018.
“Who says children don’t need news that’s made just for them?” Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, stated in the press release. “Our goal here is not only to help kids learn about the complex world they live in, but also to give them a taste, through a section designed just for them, of the pleasures of print media. We’ll treat the readers of this section the same way we treat all our readers: with respect.”
To illustrate, the November edition of the Times kids section included an article profiling a child who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has been in the sights of the Trump administration. It also covered the health and safety risks of certain sports, looking at the controversy about Confederate statues, and even featured a 14-year-old advice columnist.