News reporting is never unbiased and very often of dubious quality. How do you get this across to your kids? Why, visit the Friendly Atheist of course! Here's a video Hermant posted:
The CNN visits a gas station where a blue blob has been spotted on a security tape and concludes after no-doubt rigorous research that gosh, the blue blob must be a ghost!
Then someone with a few more brain cells to rub together produces another video:
How embarrassing for the CNN reporter.
How I covered this with the kids was just let them watch the news report and then asked them what they thought. Harry didn't really care enough to bother butting forth an answer but Catherine's immediate thought was that it was a light being shone on the camera NOT that it was a ghost.
That's my girl!
We then watched the second video which carefully and methodically lays out a very good theory of what the blue phantom actually was. It's an excellent demonstration of the scientific method and Catherine had a great time watching it.
If I get enough gumption I might suggest that we do our own news report and ghost video today or see if Catherine can come up with another situation where a very ordinary event can be miscontrued as some as being supernatural.