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Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article that provides tips for parents to understand the psychological effects graphic violence and violent media has on kids

Erica Scharrer, 2017 PEP Fellow, is quoted in an article that provides tips for parents to understand the psychological effects graphic violence and violent media has on kids. Scharrer explains, “Older children and teens might hear about events from other sources, like social media or conversations with peers, but it’s a good idea to shield younger children from the news and answer any questions that arise with honesty, but without too much detail.” Regardless of age, Dr. Scharrer recommends that the most important things parents can do are assure children that they’re safe, stick to household routines, and be on the lookout for sleep disturbances, changes in behavior, or other signs of anxiety. Read more 30seconds

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