September 28, 2006

RESEARCH: Children's fears linked to media (NEW ZEALAND)

Children's fears linked to media

28 September 2006

A Christchurch child mental health expert is calling for news media to be more sensitive when reporting traumatic events amid fears children are frightened by some content.

Community and Public Health school mental health promoter Nicky Harrall said her research showed children were strongly affected by what was reported in the news media.

"The media needs to consider the impact of what it reports, not only to its adult audience, but its children audience. Many of us think children don't see the newspaper or watch the news, but they always hear about it and end up talking about it. I challenge the media to report things because it is news, not because it sells. That is the way it has been going," she said.

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