For all the parents asking themselves: ‘How do I protect my children from the news out of Paris?’.
The 24-hour news cycle means it will be difficult to shield your kids from absolutely everything.
If they don’t hear it on the radio, they might catch a glimpse on the TV. And even if you shut off all media, you can’t stop what they overhear from the adults around them – or the other kids at school.
According to the Kids Helpline, when children are frightened, their feelings will often show through nightmares, feeling sick, having trouble sleeping, being reluctant to go to school and worrying about things more than they normally would.
If you’re wondering how to talk to your kids about the terror attacks in France and how much you should tell them, here are some top tips via The Kids Helpline (republished with full permission):
We know that disturbing and upsetting news viewed on television and through social media impacts negatively on children.
Every day we hear and see news coverage about events occurring either locally in Australia or internationally. The 24 hour news reporting cycle ensures we are kept up to date with the details of newsworthy events including graphic interviews with distressed victims, sad eye witnesses or intense commentators.
Our television and iPad screens are filled with images such as vivid action pictures of sieges, hostages running for their lives with fear and terror on their faces, buildings being washed away in raging floodwaters, people’s homes engulfed in bushfires, or terrorists making demands in return for the lives of people they’ve captured. Numerous studies also show that general news stories can also negatively affect children.
This hot topic looks at why parents need to manage their children’s exposure to news coverage especially the reporting of tragic events, what your child may experience if they are exposed, or over exposed to difficult news, why they are affected and what can be done to assist your child.