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Could Media Increase Anxiety In Your Child?

Could Media Increase Anxiety In Your Child?

 

“If you have school aged children, it’s pretty likely that they have been exposed to some of the disturbing news of these past few weeks. Every era has its ups and downs — war, natural disasters, economic trouble, social problems and crime. But what distinguishes today from any other era is our instant access to these devastating events. it is particularly important to consider the impact of disaster media cues on children.” The continuous new’s clips and updates is a reminder to a child that something frightening can happen. The tone of alarm or seeing frightening images can be very terrifying. Given a child’s perspective of time and place, there may be little ability to differentiate how close they are to what they are seeing. As we found with 9/11, children are often unable to determine that what they are seeing is a repeat of the same video clip and not more planes or waves or houses blown away.

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