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Media Coverage of Disasters Can Have Lasting Effects on Children’s Mental Health

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:52am -- yountj
Jennifer First with students

Jennifer First, program manager at the MU Disaster and Community Crisis Center, says that disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children’s mental health. The center offers resources to help children cope with disasters.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2018, American children have been exposed to multiple disasters – ravaging wildfires in California, to major Hurricanes in Florida and the Carolinas, and mass shootings in schools and places of worship – all of which have been covered 24/7 by the media. Disaster communication experts at the University of Missouri say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children’s mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and after a catastrophe.

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