Kennesaw State partners with WABE for series on children and fear

The Kennesaw State University Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication and the…

Georgia (Jun 12, 2003) — Kennesaw State partners with WABE for series on children and fear

Karen Kennedy


The Kennesaw State University Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication and the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education of the Bagwell College of Education recently sponsored a summit on children and fear as a public journalism project. The summit explored the fears of children and the steps parents and educators can take to help children cope with their fears.

The goal of public journalism is to provide a forum for a variety of voices to be heard on a particular issue. Helping amplify those voices is public radio station WABE‚ 90.1 FM‚ which will broadcast excerpts from the summit Tuesday‚ June 17‚ from 7−8 p.m. In addition‚ WABE will air a weeklong series exploring the issue of children and fear beginning Monday‚ June 16‚ at 7:50 a.m.‚ during Morning Edition. The radio series will examine educational issues as they relate to children and fear. In addition‚ the roles of parents‚ law enforcement‚ the media and clergy will be discussed.

Dr. Loretta Howell‚ chair of the department of elementary and early childhood education‚ directed the Kennesaw State Children and Fear Summit. The public journalism project was produced and overseen by Leonard Witt‚ who holds the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication. Witt came to KSU from Minnesota Public Radio‚ where he oversaw the Civic Journalism Initiative.

The summit featured keynote speaker David Elkind‚ author and professor of child development at Tufts University in Medford‚ Mass.

Summit panelists were Pam Church‚ executive director of Prevention and Motivation Programs Inc.; Lana Chase‚ psychiatric nursing educator at Georgia Baptist Hospital of Mercer University; Dr. Alison Alexander‚ professor and chair of the telecommunications department of the Henry W. Grady College of Mass Communication at the University of Georgia; and Jeff Dess‚ prevention specialist and consultant with the Cobb County School District‚ Office of Prevention/Intervention.

Audience participants included preschool through university educators‚ classroom teachers‚ counselors‚ administrators and fifth−grade students from Hollydale Elementary School in west Cobb County.

Results of the summit included suggestions for parents and educators on how to deal with children's fears and surprising information from the children themselves on what they fear.

More information can be found on the summit Web site‚‚ by tuning into the radio series or by contacting the Bagwell College at 770−423−6121.


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