WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 - Yesterday’s Boston Marathon attack which left three dead, including an 8-year old boy, Martin Richard, and over 145 wounded could have changed our outlook and perspectives on attending large events with the family . It could, but it won’t.
Since the 9/11 attacks, with each senseless act of violence that ends the lives of many; Auora, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, Newtown, we have struggled with what to tell the children.
With younger toddlers and children, it’s best to turn off the TV and radio and let them retain their innocence. No need traumatizing them when they most likely are not mature enough to handle the graphic stimuli. It will just create more questions and nightmares and for that group, ignorance is bliss.
For older kids who may have heard about it on the news, from friends, or at school, broach the subject and ask them their thoughts. Then, reassure that bad things happens everywhere. In some regions of the world (the Middle East, Aghanistan, Iran) tragic attacks like the one in Boston happen almost everyday. Let them know for the most part, they are pretty much safe in the United States. When those atrocities do happen here, they are rare.
As a parent, don’t let Boston attacks shake your resolve. The terrorists win when they cause you to interrupt your way of life.
So when the circus comes to town, go.
When its county fair season and you start thinking of the crowds, go.
You hear the Memorial Day parade is happening next month, go.
The Air Show tickets come on line, buy your ticket and go.
Junior loves horses and would thoroughly like the Equestrian Show, go.
Your best friend is running in the very crowded marathon race and you want to greet her at the finish line, go.
The only and best way to make sure Terrorism doesn’t win is to not let it change who we are, what we enjoy.
Be cautious. Be aware. Watch for strange behavior and suspicious packages, but by all means still go.
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Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt is a former journalist turned lawyer turned citizen journalist. Currently, she manages her boutique communications law firm, where she has represented small businesses and nationally-recognized civil and consumer rights organizations before the United States Supreme Court, federal courts and the FCC. She also covers the White House and US Congress for the online news site Politic365.com
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Before opening her law firm, The Ghatt Law Group, which was the first communications firm owned by women and minorities, Jeneba regulated Comcast and Starpower as the Assistant General Counsel for the District of Columbia's Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications, and at one point was the only communications regulatory attorney in the entire city. She is founding member and policy chair for a new trade association, the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs and provides advice and counsel to new businesses in the tech industry, particularly small businesses owned by women and minorities.
Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, but raised in the United States by her Catholic mom and Muslim dad, she started her college career creating web content for one of the earliest websites in history while working part time for the University of Maryland's Office of Technology. Following her graduation from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, she founded and co-wrote one of the earliest blogs and since then has gone on to found and author six different widely read and influential blogs. She was one of only 22 writers and bloggers to attend the first White House summit for African American media.
She holds a Certificate in Communications Law Studies from Catholic; a Juris Doctor from there as well, and a Master of Law in advocacy degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where she first taught and lectured as a Staff Attorney and Graduate fellow at that law school's Institute for Public Representation. She later went on to teach Media Law at the University of Maryland at College Park and guest lecture at Yale Law School and Penn State University, College of Telecommunications. She is well skilled and versed with social media and manages several Twitter, Facebook, Linked In accounts and groups.
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