London, Dec 25 (UNI) It has been realised that the flag-waving, chest-thumping post 9/11 media coverage created a climate of fear in young minds setting the stage for insecurity, countless false alarms, and persistent anxiety.
Researchers have now revealed that within the present climate of heightened awareness about terrorism, many children were exposed to ''second-hand terrorism'' in which media disproportionately focussed on the possibility of being a direct victim of future terrorism.
This media-based contact with terrorism could result in substantial amounts of distress in exposed youth, the study warned.
Though it was unlikely that the majority of youth would ever experience direct exposure to a terrorist attack, but youth were exposed to a substantial amount of attack-related media coverage.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, stated that technological advances provided a stage from which terrorist acts could reach a vast audience, and news networks further afforded unprecedented coverage of terrorism on a global scale ignoring the mental health needs of impressionable minds.