For that reason, Linda Ellerbee has supplied children with useful information with her newsmagazine show "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee."
Now in times of uncertainty, Nickelodeon will air a news special, "The Iraq Question: American Kids Talk About War," on Sunday night for kids to speak about their feelings of a possible war with Iraq. (Viacom is the parent company of both Nickelodeon and CBSNews.com.)
Ellerbee assembles a group of kids, ages 10 to 14, for a discussion on the possibility of war, asking questions such as: Is a war necessary?; What does it mean to be patriotic?; Can you love America and still be against war with Iraq?; and Should kids have a voice in the debate about war with Iraq?
Also, the program will review the events leading up to today's U.S.-Iraq conflict — from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Persian Gulf War, to the United Nations' inspections of Iraq and the current anti-war protests around the world.
The 11-year-old "Nick News" is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. The program has covered topics such as the plight of the kids of Afghanistan, the Sept. 11 attacks, the 2000 presidential election, the Columbine tragedy, the Balkan war, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and AIDS.
"Nick News" also is the recipient of numerous Peabody Awards, including one given to Ellerbee for her coverage of the President Clinton investigation; a Columbia duPont Award; Emmy Awards; CableACE for best news special; and Parents' Choice Awards.
Ellerbee, along with her partner Rolfe Tessem, owns Lucky Duck Productions, which, in addition to Nick News, produces prime-time specials for A&E, Court TV, HBO, Lifetime Television, MSNBC, MTV and WE: Women's Entertainment.
The program airs Sunday, March 9, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.