Nickelodeon, Ellberbee give kids a place go for 9/11 anniversary

Of all the programming coming in the next several weeks related to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the most important for children might well be the special edition of “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” scheduled for Sept. 1, “What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001.”

The commercial-free special is designed to give children a tailor-made forum for emotions and understanding regarding the tragic events.

Ellerbee said she found there was all kinds of misinformation among kids about 9/11, such as “I heard that there were 500 planes that disappeared in the air.”

“The most stunning one was, ‘I heard that 9/11 never happened,'” Ellberbee said.

In her 20 years of producing groundbreaking news specials aimed at children, Ellerbee said she has learned not to talk down to children and not to be afraid to be straight with them. She also has a philosophy about addressing tragedy.

“Wherever you see bad stuff happening, you see good people trying to make it better,” she said.

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