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Posted on: May 14, 2021
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You don’t have to search the news very hard to find some events that are outright shocking. In fact, if you have a news channel tuned in on the TV or a newspaper lying on the dinner table, it can actually be hard to avoid. If you’re a parent with younger children or even teens, you might sense that these events are really disturbing your kids’ world.
“Troubling current events can be upsetting and confusing to children,” says Angela Hatem in an article on National Geographic’s website. “Although adults have the cognitive skills to process sudden news-making events like mass shootings, violent protests, plane crashes, and natural disasters, a child’s brain usually isn’t developed enough to quite make sense of something that doesn’t seem right.”
That lack of coherence in news events can lead to anxiety. While some parents might be tempted to simply ignore the news and hope for the best, that can negatively affect how a child understands the world over the long term.
Fortunately, there are several steps that parents can take to help their children make sense of what are clearly upsetting situations. After interviewing a variety of experts on the subject, Hatem offers the following advice:
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