SANFORD, Fla. -- The murder trial of George Zimmerman represents an interesting challenge for parents.
Zimmerman is accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012.
So since the case involves the death of a young person, is there a way caretakers should be talking about it with kids?
First Coast News talked with one babysitter, Samary Then, in Sanford who has a unique perspective of the case.
She said it is shaping up to be one of those national events that will help define a generation, much like the O.J. Simpson case did for her.
So, Then said it becomes somewhat necessary to address the Zimmerman case with kids before they hear or learn about it from somewhere else.
With the little girl she babysits, she said the girl will probably be told about the case from her mother.
Then said the trial has the potential to be a teachable moment since it is garnering so much publicity.
She said she herself learned a lot about the legal system from watching the Simpson trial.
"You're always taught as a kid, you know, you do bad things you got to pretty much pay up for it. If you don't, you know, you get in real big trouble. I've been in trouble myself, but I always pay my tickets, you know. When I do bad things, I always pay them," she said.
Experts generally agree, parents should make the decision about what kind of media coverage their kids are exposed to.
First Coast News