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  News is giving more children nightmares
Updated 17 October 2002, 07.01
Stories on the news now scare lots of young people
It's no longer just monsters and scary films that are making you have nightmares.

Now, for more and more of you, the news is giving you a fright at night too.

  Does the news upset you? Tell us here

Research has found that although nightmares are no more common, they are now more often about bad stories in the news than scary creatures.

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Sleep expert Dylan Glover, who took part in the research, told CBBC Newsround Online that this is because children have more access to the news through TV and the internet.

He said: "Parents are encouraging their children to watch the news more."

Check facts

Recent high profile stories that have been giving you nightmares include the September 11 terrorist attacks, the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and the Milly Dowler case.

He offered advice for children who were frightened by bad news.

  Click here for tips on what to do if the news upsets you

He said: "Stories can often get distorted or exaggerated in the playground so it's important for kids to check the facts with an adult if they are worried."

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Do the stories in the news scare you?
opening quoteI don't get scared by stuff I hear on the news because most of it rarely happens and I don't think there is any point of living in fear. Just go have some fun as you only live once.closing quote
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