Creepy, cute or educational?

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Posted by Vale

The internet is divided about this video. Is it creepy as some have said? Peter Alsop, who made it writes:

My questions make some people nervous, THIS STUFF’S NOT FOR KIDS, they say. Well I don’t care if you don’t know, I need to ask you anyway!” Kids just need a safe place to go to ask questions about death. This song models how to do that.

The song is on Peter’s ‘Stayin’ Over’ cd, ‘Loss & Grief’ cd, and his ‘When Kids Say Goodbye’ dvd. 

4 Comments

  1. Charles

    Very catchy! I think it’s very appropriate. Two academics (can’t remember their names) did a survey in a school in England a few years ago and the majority of children (8-13 year olds I think) would have liked death education at school.

  2. Charles

    H’mm, well the trouble with demurring from the praises is that I risk being told I’m against talking to kids about death. Not so – the reverse – but I don’t especially like the song, sorry.

    The questions that children ask about death have a power and a simplicity which this jingly sort of song rather drowns out. Except the bit where the child says I don’t mind if you don’t know, I need to ask anyway – that’s more like it.

    But the jokey stuff isn’t where I’d like it to go. Maybe a really good teacher could use it well. Personally, I think a good teacher would do better to initiate questions, get them to talk, etc.

    But good that someone’s had a crack at it.

  3. Charles

    I think I’m with GM here. I think I might use it as a starter with a class but as a way into attitudes around talking about death. It certainly has a place, I think…but like GM I worry that it might be a little trite…especially given that its main purpose it to persuade us to take children and their concerns about death seriously!

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