How can we protect children from nightmarish television images? The question has extra relevance when TVbulletins are dominated by war reports.
America's Public Broadcasting Service, which links 350 US TV stations, addresses the problem. Aimed at parents, its advice is also useful for teachers. The guidance, influenced by consultants from Sesame Street, can be found at: www.pbs.orgparentsissuesadvicewartalking_2.html
It suggests that young children need to be protected. Simply turn the news off when they are around. Do not allow them to sit through endless repeats.
Many children who saw September 11 coverage thought many buildings were being attacked, and that they were close to them. With older children, talking through newspaper coverage may be better. But whatever age a achild is, it is advisable to give more affection at times such as these and monitor any behaviour changes.
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