Fred Rogers on talking to your kids about Sept. 11.
Although my wife and I were pretty much glued to the TV set on that black day--my employer at the time had sent everyone home--we didn't let our then-two-year-old watch, but I know she was affected. As Mr Rogers puts it, "young children are particularly sensitive to the reactions of their parents and other important adults in their lives, and seeing their parents upset is especially scary for them."
I don't plan to watch any of the "anniversary" coverage this year, but I will be watching to see what Cecilia, now 3, is aware of.
Update: I caught the latter half of one of Mr. Rogers' PSAs on PBS last night, and it was as warm and gentle as I'd expected. Well done, sir.