An interesting online survey was recently conducted in Australia, and it showed how large an impact the media have on children’s views. Even more cautionary was how the press's unchecked global warming hysteria is having a potentially dire impact on youngsters.
As reported by the Daily Telegraph: “THE state of the environment is one of the most troubling issues concerning children today, according to a new national survey.”
The article eerily continued (emphasis mine):
More than 2000 children across Australia participated in the online study, which found a fear of friends and family dying topped the list of worries for young people.
This was followed closely by their concern about the planet with global warming, trees being cut down and the drought featuring strongly.
The methodology used was potentially even more ominous:
The survey was conducted by ABC TV's children's current affairs show Behind The News.
Program education adviser Carol Cornish said the survey was different to other research because it did not make suggestions to the participants about what they might be concerned about, but allowed them to list their top five worries.
"This was quite unique,'' she said. "It showed us what they were worried about, rather than what adults thought it would be.
"Children are seeing a lot of TV about global warming and the drought. It's very visible to them and they are worried it's going to get worse.''
Obviously, we in America don’t know what is being broadcast Down Under. However, as we are being bombarded with a one-sided view of this issue by pols like Al Gore et al, it seems safe to assume that our youth are just as concerned about an issue that is likely less threatening than the bogeyman hiding in their closets.