Charlotte Pence Bond, the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, has begun a new coronavirus video and podcast effort for children called the “Littles News Briefing.” It will air several times per week to pass along information in a kid-friendly way that will help children understand what is happening and allow them to ask questions. Ms. Bond will be interviewing experts to help explain the coronavirus. In fact, her first guest in the pilot episode was her father, who heads up the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Asked what motivated her to begin a news briefing directed at kids, Bond spoke with the The Washington Times and related her own experience as a second grader dealing with the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
“I was in second grade on Sept. 11, 2001, and I remember my parents watching the news of the attacks on the television in the living room,” she said. “I recall how badly I wanted to see what they were watching, but I wasn’t allowed because the images on the screen would have given me nightmares. If I were a child living in America today, I think I would be confused, a little bit afraid and certainly curious about the situation that has so aggressively disrupted the world. I would have a lot of questions for the adults in my life and concerns about how this virus was going to affect the people that I care about. And so, over the past few weeks, an idea came to my mind,” she stated.
This isn’t Bond’s first child-directed venture. In 2018, Bond and her mother, Karen Pence, wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,” a story of a bunny who lives in the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C.
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