Sesame Street has covered many issues kids deal with in their lives, the next on the list to help kids cope with is having a parent in prison. This picture is actually some Sesame Street actors in a prison talking to kids about having parents in prison, WHILE there incarcerated parent gets to interact and share with the lesson. Sesame Street created a whole help program featuring a new character of Sesame Street by the name of Alex, Alex talks about how sad he is to have a father in prison and how embarrassing it is.
I cannot stress how much of a good idea this is. During my time in the amazing state of Texas, my mother worked at a day care center. There was a little 4 or 5 year old boy there his name was Anthony. He was the sweetest kid you would find at that day care. He was always "yes mam, No Sir, thank you, please, your welcome", but he was seriously emotionally confused about his father's incarceration. I don't think anybody ever talked to him about it and he had no idea how to deal with it. While his father was in prison, however, he committed suicide by hanging himself. I don't know who, but someone thought it was a good Idea to tell him about that. The kid flipped. One day at daycare he took a toy and started beating another kid in the face with it screaming, "YOU KILLED MY FATHER! YOU KILLED MY DAD!" he then threw the toy and shattered a very big window. The kid was obviously suffering, and these emotional rages would be flipped on and off like a switch. One moment he would be his sweet and innocent self, the next he would destroy as much of the room as he could, with whatever he could. I feel Sesame Street taught me a lot growing up as a kid, as it did my parents as well, this next generation of kids have a whole new world of problems that no one feels safe to discuss. So kudos to you Sesame Street, for taking the road less traveled. If little Anthony had some sort of coping therapy like this for him to connect with, I feel the news of his fathers death wouldn't of lead to a psychological break in this kids mind.
From recent experience I know that prisons are filled with different kinds of people; Those who are innocent and had the worst public attorney possible, People who are guilty of a crime, but don't really know a better life. Those people may have had rough childhoods and needed a release and that release may have come from drugs, which is what put them in prison, and in prison they take serious use of the rehabilitation classes to become better people by learning new ways to cope with life. Then there is people who break the law and treat prison like a vacation away from the world. They do what they do without any remorse for their actions and learn to play the system to get by with it.
It is the Innocent and the ones learning to rehabilitate that need programs like Sesame Street to help them reconnect with their kids and share in their feeling of what they are going thru in life.