Don't Let Your Children Watch the News
How do I help my children develop a sense of awe, imagination, wonder, and intrigue? Not by making them watch the news or read the newspapers.
In fact, I wonder how much watching the news has destroyed my own abilities to wonder in the world around me.
Even in peacetime I think those are very wrong who say that schoolboys should be encouraged to read the newspapers. Nearly all that a boy reads there in his teens will be known before he is twenty to have been false in emphasis and interpretation, if not in fact as well, and most of it will have lost all importance. Most of what he remembers he will therefore have to unlearn; and he will probably have acquired an incurable taste for vulgarity and sensationalism and the fatal habit of fluttering from paragraph to paragraph to learn how an actress has been divorced in California, a train derailed in France, and quadruplets born in New Zealand.
- quote from C. S. Lewis book, "Surprised by Joy" (p. 153)