It is heartbreaking at times to view and hear the story of trauma victims. Media coverage providing graphic footings and details can create a feeling of insecurity and vulnerability. These traumatic stories can provoke anxiety in the children and may be stored in the memories of young brains. These memories and experiences can increase the risk of future development of mood and anxiety disorders.
Either view only part of the news in your supervision and/or avoid going into details. Answer their questions positively and ensure security to them.
Children does not have the capacity to handle the graphic images or traumatic details like the adults and they can be deeply affected.
If it is TV than turn the TV off.
Do not discuss in front of the children traumatic news, stories and events.
Remove the news paper If this is the source of bad news.
Children when they are watching TV or listening to conversation they feel the event is real and it is happening now. It can raise their alertness and can make them feel stressed.
Reassure them about their safety and listen to them and answer their questions appropriately with out going into details.
Tell them they are safe, their parents are in control and they are well protected.
Any traumatic and dangerous situations should not be discussed in front of the children.
Turn the TV off and do not watch bad traumatic news in front of children.
Less is better in answering to the children’s questions, but do not leave them in curiosity and unsatisfied. Avoid unnecessary detailed information which may be difficult for them to handle.
Try to help the situation if you can, extend your support to the grieving party and send consoling message where possible.
If the child is showing:
Article written by:
Dr. Muhammad S. Tahir
M.D. (USA) | Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist