WKU Public Radio News Staff
Connecticut School Shooting
Fri December 14, 2012
WKU Psychology Professor Urges Media Restraint in Wake of School Shootings
As the investigation into the elementary school shooting in Connecticut continues, WKU Psychology Professor Dr. Bill Pfohl is offering some advice for reporters at the scene. The lead person for the National Emergency Assistance Team of the National Association of School Psychologists says "it's a bad idea" to conduct TV interviews with young people who have experienced such trauma.
He says putting that kind of pressure on children who have witnessed tragedy could be harmful to them.
Dr. Pfohl says its important for parents to understand that trauma isn't limited to those who actually witnessed the violence. He urges parents to limit the amount of time children watch news coverage of the tragedy.
More information about recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists can be found at the group's website.