Screen violence – real and fictional – harmful for kids, experts say

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Pediatricians offer new insight on what screen violence can do to children

Recent violence in the news can have a harmful impact on children, experts say

"It is not uncommon to see increases in nightmares"

CNN  — 

Dead bodies. Bloodied faces. Tears. Terror.

Those are just some of the things that children see when they view news coverage of violent events, such as the truck attack in Nice, France, on Thursday.

Screen violence – which includes violence in video games, television shows and movies – is associated with aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts and angry feelings in children, according to a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics early Monday.