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Bad news days: How to limit your child’s exposure to trauma in the media

The world can be a scary place for children. Wars, terrorist atrocities, natural disasters, bushfires, famine and shocking crimes are all regular features in the news we consume – not to mention the almost blanket coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Registered Psychologist Charlotte Pugh from Telethon Kids Institute’s Embrace team, shares her advice for parents and carers of children who are distressed about things they see in the media.

If your child needs help with a mental health difficulties, or if you have concerns and are unsure if you or your child may need assistance, you can visit your regular GP or contact any of the following services:

Lifeline        13 11 14

Kids Helpline        1800 55 1800

headspace        1800 650 890

beyondblue        1300 22 4636


Mental Health Commission