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Nasty Campaign Rhetoric Puts Parents, Teachers in Tough Spot



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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. For many parents, this election cycle has become a PG-13 minefield.

    For many, this presidential election has taken an ugly, dark and virtually unprecedented turn, making the news a PG-13 minefield of lewdness that recalls the coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, NBC News reported.

    The tenor of it all is putting millions of parents and teachers in a tough situation — balancing just how much to let their children see and hear while also teaching them about civics and the world around them.

    "Parents are at a loss. They don't know how to respond to their kids" said Denise Daniels, a psychologist and child development expert.

    For many, that tension came to a head with the release Friday of a recording of Donald Trump bragging about groping women in graphic ways. Some parents said they were dreading the conversation they would have to have when their kids heard the tape, while others lamented that their child had learned the slang term for female genitalia from a presidential candidate.

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