Sesame Street has addressed a number of complex issues children face with the utmost care and unflinching honesty at times. Via a character just introduced earlier this year, the popular children’s show tackles the looming specter of opioid addiction.
Karli, who Sesame Street fans were introduced to back in May, will be the focus of this new effort to discuss the thorny issue of opioid addiction that has swept the nation. The show will reveal how the other characters will rally around Karli and help with the process of the grim realities of drug addiction. Sesame Street has also introduced materials on talking about the subject with children via its Sesame Street in Communities programming, which gives parents and caregivers tips on how to handle a bevy of serious topics.
While the move to address parental addiction was praised by some individuals, others online in recent days have not been as enthused about the decision. Via Twitter. a bevy of reactions have cropped up and we’ve collected some of them for viewing below.
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Sesame Streets Gets Serious About Opioid Crisis Via Character’s Addict Mother was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Addiction is seen as a “grown-up issue” but it impacts children in ways that often aren’t visible. Take a look at our new resources that help the whole family cope and build hope for the future. https://t.co/q0DfjcLE0A #SunnyDaysAhead pic.twitter.com/xshx5ixIpp— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 10, 2019
Thanks for stepping up to the plate Sesame Street. The more we talk, the less stigma there will be! #SunnyDaysAhead.— FAR Canada (@FARCANADA) October 10, 2019
Sesame Street is still on PBS and free PBS streaming and always will be. They only get the episodes a few months later (your toddler won't mind I'm sure). If it weren't for HBO Sesame Street wouldn't be around anymore. They've helped fund it for 5+ years now. Nothing has changed.— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan62) October 10, 2019
Sesame Street has been one of those fond memories of my childhood and it warms my heart that 50 years later it continues to do so. Thank you for all you do for children.❤️— Lisa Du Chateaux (@NotButter) October 10, 2019
Everyone is mad at Sesame Street for introducing a mom with an addiction problem, as if we all didn’t see Helga’s mom on Hey Arnold being a full fledged alcoholic— Cheshaa 🖤 (@C_Leora) October 11, 2019
SESAME. STREET. IS. TACKLING. DRUG. ADDICTION. THEY CREATED A CHARACTER WHOSE MOM IS AN OPIOID ADDICT. HER NAME IS KARLIE !! pic.twitter.com/mMpDuBXKIS— kayleigh⚡️ (@betelgeusebway) October 10, 2019
Although no child should have to face such challenges, thank you for providing resources for children whose families struggle with addiction.— Rosemarie Meneo (@lamb83) October 10, 2019
My feelings right now...— Family Survivor S5 winner (@b_rock44) October 11, 2019
Thank you for this. My father is currently struggling with this issue & it deeply affected me & my family’s lives since last year. Its a wonderful feeling knowing that the world of television understands & loves us.#beautiful
My daughter was 11 when she lost her only sister to addiction. There was nothing to help her understand let alone process. Kudos SS for your vision! You will help countless people young and old. I thank you.— Midwest Southerner (@khp333) October 10, 2019