Children and Media in Crisis: Exploring Parental Coping Mechanisms During War (80889)

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This qualitative study examines how parents navigate their children's media exposure during wartime, focusing on the unique challenges presented by war-related content. In the context of Israel (2023-4), the study identifies risks such as traumatic exposure, misinformation, and heightened stress, impacting children's mental health. Balancing awareness with shielding becomes a parental dilemma. War disrupts routines, causing instability, and prolonged exposure may desensitize children to violence. Addressing these challenges requires media literacy, open communication, and psychological support. The research, distinct in its focus on wartime media impact, aims to answer questions about parental perceptions, navigation of children's inquiries, and primary concerns during wartime exposure. Research questions: (1) To what extent do parents perceive their ability to control and manage their children's media exposure? (2) How do parents navigate and address their children's inquiries regarding the content they encounter? (3) What are the primary worries of parents concerning their children's extensive exposure to media amidst wartime conditions? The study involves 24 parents (14 mothers, 10 fathers) with children aged 5-12. Semi-structured interviews gather insights into parental perspectives on media exposure. Ethical considerations, including confidentiality and consent, are prioritized. Findings reveal four prevalent parental approaches: Regulating exposure, Joint media consumption, Avoiding media at home, and Expressing uncertainty about television content management. Conclusively, managing children's exposure to war-related media proves challenging for parents amidst the complexities of wartime contexts. Acknowledging the independent navigation parents undertake, the study emphasizes the importance of educational authorities addressing these challenges and providing effective tools to support parents.

Asnat Dor, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel

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Dr Asnat Dor is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel in Israel

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00