So writes the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a 'Facts for Families' flyer it distributes from its website.
You can see the information here.
Updated in 2013, the flyer correctly identifies in a bulleted list how today's broadcast news is more intense than the broadcast news of a generation ago, and also more likely to impact young, developing minds and brains as a result of these characteristics.
One omission from the list is how new technologies are also intensifying the sensational effects of 'bad' and violent news, but even in the absence of this characteristic the AACAP pulls no punches in identifying the potential risks to children's health from broadcast news:
"Chronic and persistent exposure to such violence can lead to fear, desensitization (numbing), and in some children an increase in aggressive and violent behaviors."
The AACAP includes some guidelines for parents here, too, when kids are exposed to mainstream newscasting.
Overall there's much food for thought here, though the AACAP falls short of asking broadcasters or a regulatory body to reduce the violent and sensational content of broadcast news, as a prophylactic measure on behalf of children's mental and emotional health. To that end the AACAP could take a look at the guidelines established by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) to warn parents about violent or inappropriate content of entertainment software products.