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    Managing upsetting news in the media for children
    The recent events that have taken place in different parts of Turkey have not only affected us as adults, but also affect our children. Especially, when children see such events on television or social media, its impact on them can be quite negative. According to research, the exposure to disturbing and violent images can have long-lasting impacts on children. Therefore, this brief article is prepared in order to explain what you can do as parents.
    • First of all, children who watch TV, read journals and have social media accounts should be monitored regularly because it is particularly essential for parents to learn what kind of information that their child can reach. Also, if necessary, the security settings can be activated.
    • Parents should avoid talking about these events among themselves when their kids are in earshot. Even though children do not seem to be listening to the adults, they do listen and try to interpret what they have heard by themselves, often resulting in an overwhelming emotional experience.
    • If the children witness these kind of conversations or the disturbing images, it is really important for the parents to encourage their children to talk about this issue and ask their opinions and feelings.
    • Moreover, it is also recommended that parents should listen to their children’s concerns, fears without being judgmental and then, give the necessary explanations. These explanations should be simple, reassuring and concrete.
    • In addition, it is really important for children to know the fact that they can talk about their concerns and questions with parents, teachers and school counsellors at any time.
    • Young children communicate their concerns through their drawings and play activities. For this reason, the parents can monitor and ask them to explain if they observe something unusual.
    • Also, parents are key assessors of warning signs, such as regressive reactions like thumb sucking, bedwetting, excessive clinging; physiological problems like loss of appetite, vomiting, sleep disturbances, headaches; social and emotional problems like withdrawal from friends, school refusal, irritability etc. If parents observe these signs, they should contact teachers and school counsellors.
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