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Upsetting news stories and top tips to help children who may be scared

Upsetting events often make the news because they don't happen very often.

This section gives you some tips about what to do if you are feeling sad about what you've seen, heard or read.

Tips if you're worried

You might watch or listen to the news- but some things you hear might be a bit scary or make you feel worried.

Remember that worrying stories are often in the news because they are rare - they don't happen very often.

It is incredibly unlikely that what you're reading about or watching might happen near you.

Discuss the stories with your parents or friends. You'll feel better that you're not the only one worried.

Talking to an adult you trust is a good idea if you are worried about anything

You could also talk to your teacher about it - maybe you could have a class discussion which would help you understand the issue better.

If you're having nightmares

If you're having trouble getting to sleep at night because you're worried about something, read the tips below

If you're having nightmares or trouble sleeping because of something you've heard in the news:

  • Tell your mum or dad - help from them will make you feel much better
  • Try talking about your nightmare or even drawing it. This will help you to confront your fear
  • Surround yourself with things that make you feel secure at night - even if it is your old teddy bear that you keep hidden from your mates!
  • Try to balance the news you read. If you read a sad story then try and read a happy one before you go to bed