While we’re all dealing with battling media narratives on the coronavirus, health experts warning of its dangers and grifters shrugging it off while nurses and doctors and telling regular horror stories, what’s seemed to be left out are children who must be terrified looking at it all. That’s where actress Kristen Bell is stepping in to help.
Beginning Monday at 7 pm EST, the Nickelodeon “kid’s-eye view” program, hosted by the Frozen star will have guests including Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s surgeon general, and Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, former U.S. surgeon general discussing things ranging from remaining healthy and how to deal with social distancing. This is especially going to be important given extended social distancing guidelines coming out of the White House ordering a continuance through the end of April.
“I feel like right now, kids’ questions and worries might be getting overlooked,” Bell explains regarding why she chose to do this project. “I wanted kids to feel empowered to ask questions, and create a place where they are heard.”
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“Children need and deserve that,” she statedin an email to The Associated Press after taping #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall last Thursday. “I hope people see that kids’ worries are just as important as every adults, and I hope people encourage their kids to ask vulnerable questions, and take their ideas of how to help seriously,” Bell said. “Some of these kids are getting some amazing work done helping people in their community!”
Additional appearances will be made by Josh Gad, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Charli D’Amelio and Russell and Ciara Wilson with home videos also coming from other celebs since they’re obviously going to be busy social distancing and we shouldn’t be encouraging unnecessary flights, even for this. Performers Jojo and DJ Khaled will be participating as well.
“With families everywhere focused on staying healthy and essentially every kid out of school, we immediately understood this is the time to act quickly and be there for the audience in a way that can hopefully help them better cope with what’s going on,” Brian Robbins, head of kids and family content for ViacomCBS stated.
This is a part of the #KidsTogether initiative launched this month, also showing on TeenNick and Nicktoons with characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants showing effective hand washing methods, all available on Nickelodeon’s cable and digital platforms.
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