US election results, Brexit, Syria: How to handle your child's news-related worries

Child anxiety: a guide for parents


Seeing coverage or hearing details of a distressing nature or learning that the certainty of a nation's leadership is in jeopardy can teach children to see the world as threatening or unfamiliar.

Talk openly

It is important therefore, now more than ever for parents to have an open, honest dialogue with their children. Kids are inquisitive by nature and will probably have heard stories from friends or siblings and may well have questions. Not talking about these sensitive subjects will just reinforce the child's view that they have a reason to be fearful.