Trauma from TV, Radio and Social Media

We know that repeated exposure to traumatic events through the media can be stressful. After 9/11 many Americans experienced symptoms of PTSD who had no connection to the event other than the hundreds of times they viewed those planes flying into the twin towers.

So what does that mean for children who are members of minority groups who are exposed to TV, radio and social media saturated with stories of violence and tension, like families being deported or threats to those who practice their religion? Are these children experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety, fearing for their own safety and security because of this exposure? And could this stress and anxiety produce symptoms of trauma?

The answer is likely, yes. As professionals we must look out for this and do our very best to instill a sense of safety for these young people.

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