Fear-Based on Children's Age

Who is often afraid of animals like cats, dogs, or cockroaches? Yes, fear can indeed come to anyone, especially children. They start from being fearful of individual animals, particular objects, and being afraid of hearing loud sounds such as the sound of fireworks exploding.

Did you know that a child's fear can be identified through his age? For example, what things do children usually fear when they are 5-6 years old? Is the child's concern when he is 9-12 years old the same as when he was 5-6 years old?

Let's understand the various kinds of fears that are felt by children according to their age below!

0-6 Months
Babies can also feel scared. Usually, babies feel afraid by loud sounds that they unexpected and shocking. When babies lose physical, auditory, or visual contact with nearby adults, babies also show fear.

This is because the part of the baby's brain responsible for permanent objects is not fully developed. When a baby loses contact with someone, it doesn't know that that person will return for him.

7-12 Months
At this age, children have shown an understanding of permanent objects. Children understand that if they cry, someone will come to them. This condition causes the child to show fear when making contact with strangers because the child's brain has locked one person as to its chief guard. As a result, the child begins to be shy towards strangers and still shows fear of loud noises.

One year
Separation from parents is the most significant source of fear for children at this age until it continues at six years of age. At this age, children are still very dependent on adults and are still afraid of loud noises.

Two years
The fear of animals and large objects often bothers two-year-olds. They are also terrified of dark rooms. The child's fear of alarm will increase due to changes in their surroundings.

3-4 Years
Entering the age of 3-4 years, the child's brain development improves so that the child's imagination increases. This condition can make children's dreams look real and apparent. For example, they are dreaming about monsters or other scary things. At this age, the child may still be afraid of dark places, animals, and masks.

5-6 Years
At this age, the child begins to feel afraid of physical injury and to fear "bad people". This can be seen in the children's play habits that start to involve "bad guys" characters such as witches. The threat of lightning in the rain also scares them even so with the idea of ​​sleeping alone.

7-8 Years
Entering the age of 7-8 years, children are still afraid to be separated from other people, including the fear of being shunned or abandoned by friends. The child also begins to feel frightened about car accidents or other physical pain. Children aged 7-8 years still feel fear in the dark.

9-12 Years
Age 9-12 years is pre-adolescent age. At this age, the child's greatest fear is more related to their performance in school. Children begin to be afraid of various school exams. The child also begins to compare himself with other children his age. The more the child is peer-oriented, the more the child feels fear or anxiety about himself.

For teenagers, personal relationships can be a source of fear in him. At this age, children begin to feel afraid of world issues, such as the health issue of COVID-19 that we are experiencing together. This condition is a sign that the child is starting to mature.

How To Deal With This Fear?

Tighten Attachments
For children, the panacea of ​​fear stays connected to an adult who provides a sense of security and comfort. So, parents need to increase attachment or closeness to children. Make sure we listen and be present physically and mentally to the child.

Play with Fear
Playing with fear can also be used to deal with anxiety in children. By trying and making peace with this fear, it is hoped that the child will no longer be afraid. For example, if the child is afraid to be alone in a dark place, invite the child to hide and seek to get the child used to that place.

Helping children express their fear by crying can also help children deal with their anxiety. For example, when a child is afraid of a dark place, he can tell us while crying.

Jaka Haryanto

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