Resources for Children & Youth
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet. A summary of the specific effects of community violence on children and adolescents.
The NCTSN has published recommendations for journalists who cover childhood trauma.
They spend a lifetime covering city council meetings, working the police beat and sitting through school board meetings. From solid waste to sparkling rivers, they cover the news of their community - whether it is along the beaten path or a few steps into the road. But every now and then when their mind drifts away from the day's events, nearly all journalists wonder what it would be like if the big one ever came their way.
Photographs convey the emotion of a tragedy, but the images may serve to wound as well as to heal. Such was the case with news photos used after the Columbine shootings in April 1999. How do we judge pictures that take us closer to the grief and shock of people whose lives are directly touched by violence?
Since the tragic events in the Russian town of Beslan two months ago, when more than 400 children and adults died after being taken hostage by militants demanding independence for Chechnya, counselling centres have been working hard to try to help the survivors.
Whether clinicians like it or not, children and families affected by trauma are routinely covered by the media. When that happens, clinicians often face difficult choices.
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