Children and Television News

Kandemir-Ozdinc N., ERDUR BAKER Ö.

3rd World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance (WCPCG), Efes, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 2012, vol.84, pp.351-355 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 84
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.06.565
  • City: Efes
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.351-355
  • Keywords: TV induced fear, fears, media and children, FEAR-ACQUISITION, FRIGHT REACTIONS, CHILDHOOD FEARS, ORIGINS, 1990S
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aims of the study are to examine; whether children perceive television news as real, whether mothers are aware of their children's television news induced fears, the most common frightful coverages of television news and children's behaviors as reaction to fearful television news coverages. Participants were 186, 8-13 years old children and their mothers. According to results, most of the children are aware of the seriousness of news. TV news coverages about; "children who get hurt", "child ren who are kidnapped", "animals who get hurt" were the most common fearful coverages. Girls mostly experience difficulty sleeping and the boys mostly behave as frustrated as reaction to the news. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.