TODAY | December 13, 2012
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>> thanks. the gang at " sesame street " is tackling a sensitive subject. for the first time, the children's show will talk to kids about divorce. it's an interesting issue.
>> it is. did you watch " sesame street " as a kid?
>> of course.
>> can you believe it's been running 40 years now. you might think they've covered nearly everything. believe it or not, they avoided this one. after years of careful planning, they're about to teach kids how to deal with their parents' parting ways. from big bird to snufalogis, so familiar they feel like family. when it comes to family, " sesame street " has tackled everything from marriage on. the touchy topic of divorce was one they kept off the street until now.
>> you have two houses?
>> uh-huh. this one is where i live with my mommy and this one is where i live with my daddy.
>> it's called big feelings where for the first time we learn the fairy character, abbey's parents live apart.
>> abbey, why don't you all live in one house together?
>> well, because my parents are divorced.
>> the episode won't air on television, online only specifically targeted for parents to help kids cope with divorce.
>> i got used to the changes now.
>> experts say it's important for families to address the sensitive subject.
>>> think it creates a great vehicle for parents and kids to sit down in the comfort of their own homes, watch the videos online and really talk about things.
>> in 1992 , " sesame street " tried to tackle the tough topic. produc producers scripted and shot a show about snufologis parents divorcesing. when they tested it with preschoolers, some were upset and cried and it never aired.
>> we have a social component and try to address things concerning kids' lives.
>> 20 years later the new online episode is creating a lot of buzz. not everyone is pleased one woman tweeting have our morals finally declined so much we need " sesame street " to teach about divorce. so sad. but others very appropriate way to deal with a painful subject. it's a long time coming. the old gang with a new street they're finally heading down.
>> having all these big feelings about the divorce is okay?
>> sure, it is.
>> good. because i don't want to keep them inside anymore.
>> so cute. all the videos are free online and available on itunes and hopefully open up dialogue between adults and