Following the many acts of violence and crime that was broadcast on television media, children who are growing often come to watch the news. Psychological condition of children is essentially not able to process the news that violence makes children more vulnerable to trauma.
“Parents should limit the delivery of news is watched by children, whether in print or television news. Children are particularly vulnerable in the face of violence, tend to be fearful, anxious and feel insecure,” said Professor Beverly Raphael PM, Chairman of the Australian Child and Adolescent Traumatic Loss and Grief Network as reported by Medical Daily.
If you see the baby began to show anxiety, parents should comfort by ensuring that children will always be maintained and protected. Professor Raphael refers to the shooting incident in Colorado, United States, which killed 12 people recently. This event really shook a lot of families in the U.S. because it occurs in public theaters.
Raphael insists that impressions can lead to violent fantasy world of children, as well as news of the murder. Such incidents can be burned into memory so that the triggering trauma. In addition, witnessing violence also will remind previous experience of having experienced trauma and trigger.
A study conducted in Australia found that children who watch violent shows or play violent video will perform a similar action. Witnessed acts of violence will lead to aggressive behavior in young children.
Results showed that children who play violent video games to a higher likelihood of violence after playing video games. MRI brain scans of children who watch violent television shows or game shows a similar reaction when the child sees the violence in the real world.
“There are several important implications of the impressions of violence against children shown in the study, which increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior, reduced sensitivity to violence and will assume the world as a scary place than reality,” said researcher Dr. Wayne Warburton.
Dr Warburton explained that the child’s brain is not good at distinguishing between the media and in real life situations. Effects of watching violent shows were found the same thing from all media, whether television, movies, video games or music.
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