Coping with divorce: Special TVO television-web event for kids and parents, Monday May 28, 2007



    Milton's Hotline - Tackling divorce
    Live on air from 3:50 to 6:50 pm on TVOKids
    and online from 6:50 to 7:30 pm at tvokids.com

    Your Voice - Caught in the Middle: Parenting through a Divorce
    Live online from 7:30 to 8 pm at tvoparents.com

    TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - Divorce is an everyday reality that touches many
couples and their kids. In Ontario alone, 37% of marriages end in divorce,
according to Statistics Canada. What's the impact on family life when a
breakup occurs? How can parents help their children through it? On Monday
May 28, 2007, TVOKids' Milton's Hotline and TVO's Your Voice approach the
subject like never before: a one-of-a-kind television-web event aimed at
getting both kids and parents talking, and helping them deal with the often
difficult implications of divorce on the family.
    First up, divorce from a child's view. From 3:50 to 6:50 pm, TVOKids
broadcasts Milton's Hotline. It's live and interactive as TVOKids host Milton
and a Kids Help Phone counsellor tackle the topic, taking phone and email
questions from kids across Ontario about their feelings and concerns. Kids can
also submit their questions now at tvokids.com. Following the broadcast, from
6:50 to 7:30 pm, the discussion moves to tvokids.com for a live webcast. The
webcast offers an ideal opportunity for parents to get a child's perspective
on how a breakup affects young ones.
    Then at 7:30 pm, it's the parents' turn to share their experiences and
gain insight from experts and other parents. Your Voice, TVO's live,
interactive parenting show available only at tvoparents.com, uncovers the
emotional, practical and cultural sides of divorce. Parents and caregivers can
submit their questions online at tvoparents.com or call 1.888.891.1195. How
can parents recognize when a child is really hurting? How does shuffling kids
between two homes impact a child's social and academic activities? What role
does cultural background play? Host Cheryl Jackson explores these questions
and more with the following guest experts:

    
    -   Gary Direnfeld, a social worker based in Dundas, Ontario, with over
        25 years experience counselling parents and children
    -   Saunia Ahmed, an academic in clinical psychology who counsels
        families in the South Asian community
    -   Dr. Barbara Landau, a Toronto lawyer and psychologist who now acts as
        a mediator for families going through divorce
    

    About Milton's Hotline

    Milton's Hotline is a co-production of TVOKids and Kids Help Phone. The
last Monday of each month, the show reaches out to kids with support,
information and tools to deal with their problems.

    About Your Voice

    Your Voice, hosted by Cheryl Jackson, is TVO's exclusively online program
for parents who want to know what they can do help their children excel in
school and in life. It normally runs live Tuesdays at 1 pm at tvoparents.com.

    About TVO

    As Ontario's public educational media organization, TVO creates safe,
enriching and fun learning experiences for children, offers support to their
parents, and encourages active citizenship through a range of media platforms
that allow for interaction and participation in our province. For information,
visit tvo.org.

    Where to find us

    Cable subscribers: Channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas)
    Bell ExpressVu subscribers: Channel 265
    Star Choice subscribers: Channel 353





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305, agarde@tvontario.org


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