Children quickly pick up on everything you say, but without the filters adults use, may overreact to information you present, particularly negative or threatening information. There are many reasons to keep a positive tenor when talking about climate change, and avoiding triggering fear and turning away their interest is one. Talking to children involves relating the information to them, not just diluting the message.
Note the interpreters at a Steller sea lion exhibit as they tell the story of how the habitat/life of Woody’s relatives in the wild is changing due to global warming and the action children can take in their own lives.
Relate information to children, rather than diluting messages used with older audiences, and keep a positive tenor to avoid fear.
Interpretive Technique: Positive Emotions - Fisheries
This interpreter is working with a group of children ranging from preschoolers to teens. She uses positive emotions to motivate the children to help find solutions.
Interpretive Technique: Open-ended Questions, Crediting Answers, Solutions
With a group of young Girl Scouts, an interpreter relates their positive emotions about the Steller sea lion to asking them to think about what they can take do to help this species in the oceans.