Amy Poehler posted a new video to her Smart Girls channel on YouTube on Thursday, April 18, where she advised a 16-year-old girl named Millie about spreading better messages online.
The comedian expanded the question to what should people be watching and looking at now in light of the recent events following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and over 100 were injured.
Poehler, who is a native of Newton, Mass., and a Boston College graduate, said in the video, which can be seen below, "In light of recent events, I've -- and I'm sure you have -- and the rest of the world, if not America, have been looking at photographs that have been really hard to take."
"I've been thinking about what these images do to our brains and to our heart and how we should look at them, and when we should look at them," she added. "And I think your question of what do I watch on the internet? How do I find better messages and better images is a bigger question of what do I want my eye to see? How do I keep myself informed and connected without exploiting people and harming myself?"
Poehler said that she's been trying to balance those ideas and she admits, "It's been tough, hasn't it?"
"Doesn't it feel like we're just bombarded with stuff now? That everywhere we go there's just some picture that's worse than the one before," she added. "I wonder if we could soften our hearts and minds and our eyes, and I wonder if we could give our eyes a break."
The 41-year-old "Parks and Recreation" star said that she felt that her own eyes needed a break from the images and she advised the teen to take a break as well.
Poehler ended her video message with, "I don't know if this makes any sense, but this has been a weird week, hasn't it? So thanks Mille and I love you, Boston."
Check out Poehler's video below.