But the reality is, parents can’t shield their children from the upcoming election. “Children are very aware and attuned to the tension that this election has created,” says Amanda G. Mintzer, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. “Given the uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic and the national anxiety that comes from this election year, children and teens may be feeling high levels of stress and fear from what they are absorbing.”