Terror clips traumatize 80% of child viewers

Overwhelming majority of children who view clips of terror attacks on the internet develop signs of PTSD.

Tova Dvorin ,

Israeli children (illustrative)
Israeli children (illustrative)
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Israeli parents may believe that showing their children clips of terror attacks keeps their family informed of the situation - but it is in fact harming the nation's children. 

80% of child viewers who have seen clips of terror attacks over the past month have experienced signs of post-traumatic stress, a study from the Tom Institute released Wednesday revealed - specifically, agoraphobia, or fear of public places. 

64% of children exposed to the clips now fear leaving their homes; the children also are 1.5 times more likely to be actively concerned about terror than children who do not see news clips. 

Some 92% of the 300 parents polled said they believe sheltering their children from the videos would lessen their children's fears over the security situation, the study revealed - but just 50% of Israeli parents limit or prohibit their children from looking at news videos online.

Despite this, the parents seem to be acutely aware of the situation: 94% stated their children had, at some point over the past month, expressed fears or worries over the wave of terror against Jews and Israelis nationwide. 



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