Looks like I’m not the only one concerned about how recent news and media is affecting our kids. Kudos to the Today Show for offering parents some quick tips from Dr. Michelle Borba on how to “calm kids’ jitters in a scary world” this morning.
My favorite piece of advice:
Monitoring what your child watches is always a good idea. But especially be aware of television that shows graphic images of tragedy. When in doubt, turn the television off. Studies show that even though kids may not have personally witnessed a tragedy, they can still be traumatized from viewing troubling news images. A child’s age dictates what they can absorb.
Another interesting tidbit: A study of over 600 middle-school students found that “late-breaking news without an adult there to comfort or explain” produced anxiety.
So even older kids – who can more maturely process the content – are feeling it.
A smart way to counteract the bad news? Find some good news to balance it out. Highlight some of the good things people are doing (support, relief efforts, stories of survival, etc.) Or, just go for a walk and connect with your child.
Great segment and solid tips for tech-savvy and techno(t) parents alike. Thanks Today and Dr. Borba!