Images of rolling tanks, missile attacks and fleeing people: The Russian attack on Ukraine is currently dominating the media. Children are also aware of this - whether through their parents' conversations, the news or their classmates. The uncertainty and fear is great for many: Could this also happen to me and my family? Will we soon be at war?
Parents and educators should take up this insecurity and not leave children alone with the stressful news. It is important to take their questions seriously and answer them in an age-appropriate way. Messages for adults are not recommended. They can even make children feel even more insecure or leave them with many more questions. A good place to start for age-appropriate information is, for example, the children's news program logo! and news sites for children on the Internet.
While children are mainly dependent on the support of adults, teenagers and young adults move more independently on the net. For them, too, the numerous reports about the war in Ukraine can be stressful and overwhelming. The JUUUPORT magazine offers tips on how to adapt one's own media consumption in this case. Young people can also get help from the JUUUPORT scouts via Messenger if they are preoccupied by the threatening news about the situation in Ukraine or if they have questions about media consumption.