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The New York Times for Kids Dropped the Ball With Their New 'Secrets' Issue

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It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m paging through The New York Times. I come across The New York Times for Kids section, titled “The Secrets Issue” — a blacked out background with a pair of eyes peering through contrasting blue window panels.

The type across the top reads, “Editors’ Note: This section should not be read by grown-ups.” That tongue-in-cheek humor — or a true direction as to who should and should not read this section — makes me feel uneasy.

Will a child assume no other adults read this or will they think this content is solely for them? Is this also creating a threshold where secrets are kept and never addressed?

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