Keeping children unafraid when they hear the news

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Keeping children unafraid when they hear the news

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Often children's fears come from media coverage. When a young child, and I mean any child under the age of seven, sees repeated coverage of something happening and it's just a replay of what happened, the child thinks it's happening all over again. It's as if we're retraumatizing our child every time they see that news replay. So turn off the media. Children under the age of seven should not be exposed to TV news because it's purposely designed to keep us engaged by telling us about traumas. So it's very important for children that age to not actually see TV news. It shouldn't be watched in front of them. And if there's a tradegy, especially turn it off and then calm yourself before you try to talk to your child about it.

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Laura Markham, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless parents across the English-speaking world, both in person and via phone. You can find Dr. Laura online at AhaParenting.com, the website of Aha! Moments for parents of kids from birth through the teen years, where you can sign up for her free daily inspiration email.  Dr. Laura lives in New York with her husband and her kids, who are now 17 and 21.

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