New Sesame Street character taking on tough issue
Sesame Street has introduced a new character to help kids with a tough situationPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
(KTNV) -- Generations of kids have grown up watching "Sesame Street."
The show is known for teaching things like spelling and manners.
But now, the show is trying to teach kids a life lesson by taking on a tough issue.
The children's television series is expanding its "Little children, big challenges" series by introducing Alex, a muppet who has a father in jail.
Alex is part of Sesame Workshop's online tool kit aimed at helping kids understand cope with parental incarceration.
It is also a tool to help caregivers talk about the subject with children.
Some people are finding the character a bit off and say it runs the risk of having kids grow up thinking that incarceration is normal.
Others say that it is just a sign of the times.
One in 28 American children reportedly have a parent in prison.
Alex is not a part of the regular cast on "Sesame Street." He only appears in the online tool kit.
The show has done this before, using muppets to tackle other tough issues live divorce, hunger and military deployment.