Children with anxiety can also change their appetite: not eating as much as usual or eating more pleasant foods. They can be irritable, clingy or upset stomach. If you see your child showing signs of anxiety, “letting them know you’re there to talk, even often without having to say it out loud, can go a long way,” says Dr. Talib.
Don’t bombard children with scary news or images.
While it’s understandable to want to stay on top of the news, be aware that your child may also be watching or listening. Dr. Silverman said: “There’s news where there are images that keep going viral that can annoy them – that’s not going to be your best option.
You also may not want to look for information online when you’re with your child, Dr. King adds. “You can’t control what images or videos can come into view without being visible,” she said. “Do your own research and share information with your child in a way they can understand without feeling too intimidated, or share an article for them to read that you have tested yourself.”
If you’re concerned that your child is using a device, encourage them to make smart media choices, suggests Dr. Talib. “Ask them what news sources they follow and why and what news coverage has helped them understand the conflict and made their hearts beat faster,” she said.
If kids are getting their information from social media, Dr. Silverman suggests directing them to reputable news and information sources. Common Sense Media suggestion There are a number of news websites and apps specifically designed for children, including News-O-Matic and Newsela, as well as resources appropriate for teenagers, such as NPR and HuffPost Teen.
Address the root of their fear.
Parents may mistakenly believe that their children worry about the same things as they do — but usually they don’t, Dr. Silverman says. “They may have a different frame of reference, point of view or information,” she says.
For example, if your child asks a question like “Is this World War Three?” It’s best to answer your own questions so you can understand what’s really worrying them, she says. You might ask, “What do you mean?” Or “What specifically is scaring you?”
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