Children and Terrorism

Social Policy Report
Samuel L. Odom (lead editor), Kelly L. Maxwell (issue editor), Iheoma Iruka (editor), & Stephanie Ridley (assistant editor)

From the abstract for "Children and Terrorism"
"Hardly a week goes by in the United States (and to varying degrees, in the rest of the world) that the word terrorism does not appear in the collective consciousness, as represented, channeled, and shaped by the mass media in its many print, broadcast, and internet manifestations. While relatively few children worldwide (and even fewer children domestically in the United States) have been the specific targets for acts of terrorism, some have, and most are growing up in a world in which terrorism in its many aspects is a salient cultural phenomenon. This paper explores the impact of growing up in a world with terrorism on children and youth. It considers both the direct traumatic effects of being a victim and the indirect effects of living in communities and societies in which the threat of terrorism is on the minds of children, but perhaps more importantly, of adults generally, and parents and policy makers in particular..."

Excerpt from "Children and Political Violence:
Progress on the Pathways of Risk, Resilience, and Peace"

“On a staggering global scale, children and youth are caught up in political conflict as victims of politically motivated violence, voluntary or forced combatants and terrorists, refugees fleeing to safety, and targets of social media campaigns to radicalize and foment terror…”

Citation: Garbarino, J., Governale, A., Henry, P., & Nesi, D. (2015). Children and terrorism. Social Policy Report, 29(2).