Tragedy, The News, and Children

Broadcast reports of disasters like Hurricane Katrina, or pictures of the war in Iraq, can reach children and cause them confusion and fear. What are the short- and long-term effects on children who see and hear these harrowing accounts? And how can you help protect them from the ubiquitous news reports? Host Frank Stasio looks at how children process the news they see and hear. Guests include: Alvin Poussaint, director of the Media Center at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston; and John Fairbank, co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at Duke University and UCLA. Listener Call-In. (50:00)


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