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How can I prevent my children from stressing over scary news?

Michele Borba
Psychology
Limit your child’s viewing of any news that features an alarming event (such as a kidnapping, pedophile, war footage, bombing, etc). Monitor. Monitor. Monitor!

Studies show that seeing those violent images exacerbates anxiety and increases aggression in some kids.

Don’t assume because your kid is older, the news does not affect him.

A Time/Nickelodeon study found that pre-adolescents said that those TV news bulletins that interrupt regular programming were especially disturbing. They admitted being even more anxious if a parent wasn’t there to help explain the event to them.

If your kids do watch the news, watch with them to answer their questions. Be there!

Also, monitor also your conversation with other adults so your kid doesn’t overhear your concerns.

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