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What to do when the news scares you : a kid's guide to understanding current events / by Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD ; illustrated by Janet McDonnell.

Toner, Jacqueline B., (author.). McDonnell, Janet, 1962- (illustrator.).

"The next book in our What to Do series about helping kids process scary events and stories they are exposed to" -- Provided by publisher.
This latest installment in the bestselling What To Do series tackles children’s feelings of anxiety around current events and what is portrayed in the news. Scary news is an inevitable part of life. This book can support and guide efforts to help scary news seem a bit more manageable for young people. Whether from television news reports, the car radio, digital media, or adult discussions, children are often bombarded with information about the world around them. When the events being described include violence, extreme weather events, a disease outbreak, or discussions of more dispersed threats such as climate change, children may become frightened and overwhelmed. Parents and caregivers can be prepared to help them understand and process the messages around them by using this book. What to Do When the News Scares You provides a way to help children put scary events into perspective. And, if children start to worry or become anxious about things they’ve heard, there are ideas to help them calm down and cope. This book also helps children identify reporters’ efforts to add excitement to the story which may also make threats seem more imminent, universal, and extreme. Read and complete the activities in What to Do When the News Scares You with your child to help them to understand the news in context—who, what, where, when, how—as a means of introducing a sense of perspective.

Record details

  • ISBN: 1433836971
  • ISBN: 9781433836978
  • Physical Description: 80 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Magination Press, [2021]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Sometimes scary things happen -- What is news? -- Making the news scarier -- What's the viewpoint? -- What's your source? -- Keeping it real -- What is un-news? -- Taking care of you -- Making a plan of action -- You can do it!
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12 Magination Press.
Grades 4-6 Magination Press.
Subject: Adjustment (Psychology) in children > Juvenile literature.
Anxiety in children > Juvenile literature.
Current events > Psychological aspects > Juvenile literature.
Bad news > Psychological aspects > Juvenile literature.
Mass media and children > Psychological aspects > Juvenile literature.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Carroll Valley Library J155.4 TON (Text) 35740636027153 Juvenile Nonfiction Checked Out 03/12/2024

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