Children learn, from an early age, about their surrounding world. The sources they learn to rely on are different and various such as: parents, teachers, friends and world-media. They usually learn to give more attention to information gained from the TV, radio and internet. These media types are a valuable informational base but they need to learn that on numerous occasions the news can be aggressive and characterized by violence even when treating delicate themes.
Materials that are related to natural catastrophes or kidnappings, homicides, attacks of terrorist groups, school violence or amorous relationships of politicians can create confusion in a child’s mind which can then develop into a deformed perception on society, considering it a confused and hostile environment.
As a parent you have to think how to properly counter the effect this sort of news and information as well as the images that go with them may have on your children. The easiest way to deal with this is through dialog and hopefully your child will in time create a protective “shield” that will prevent the creation of an emotional imbalance.
Some practical advice:
– Get your child used to reading publications designed for his age category and to watch television programs of the same kind. They are less aggressive.
– Teach him to analyze carefully all that he hears and to consider that not all information is true just because they heard it on the radio or saw it on the news or television.
– Talk to him about all news events.
– Try to identify the child’s predilections when it comes to news and his habits as a young media consumer, and take any necessary steps to ensure that he has a proper understanding.
If you see that a television show is not appropriate for the child, then just turn off the TV or switch the channel to a more age appropriate show. But remember this is just a momentary solution! In order to keep your child away from the media violence you must impose a tight rule about television programs and always keep an eye on your child’s everyday activities.