LAHORE - The tender mind of the toddler students of nursery, kindergarten (KG) and playgroup is vulnerable to serious psychological effects on account of terror-stricken atmosphere coupled with the closure of their educational institutions. Children who used to watch TV channels showing cartoons now are always looking for news channels to update themselves about the law and order situation and terrorist attacks in the country, says a father whose kids are studying at kindergarten school of the City. A psychiatrist said prevailing terrorism, which led to the closure of schools could effect the children badly resulting in loss of confidence, developing fear in their personality, deterioration in education and negative effects on body system. There are two types of effects which terrorism can leave on their personality - short-term and long-term. It is the long-term effects that are of most dangerous consequences, as the personality can permanently be damaged in present environment in which fear is rampant, he warns. The Punjab government has decided not to let the students of the said classes, falling in age group three to five years, as a preventive measure to counter terrorists threats. The decision has been taken in view of the fact they are more prone to fear, and in case of any contingency they are the most vulnerable targets without the capacity to protect themselves. Setting aside the intentions behind the decision, one cannot remain oblivious of the fact that what is meted out to them is even more harmful with respect to their psychological nurturing. The psychoanalysts have the consensus that fear engraved in the mind at the early age up to six to seven years sticks for the remaining life. In this growing age, the kids tend to ask more and more questions about their surroundings and the situation they live in which is an essential part of their mental and physical growth. If they dont get a proper answer, the get confused and if they are given horrific answer beyond their mental level, they catch fear. In a survey it has been observed that toddlers ask their parents about the current wave of blasts and other terror reports which aired immediately as 'breaking news by news and current affairs TV channels. Naturally the situation perturbs the grown-ups who understand what has happened, which automatically transmits to the children around them. Ashir, a student of class one, on hearing loud bang, squeezed himself in the lap of his lawyer father, saying, Father it is blast. On another occasion, Ashir asked of his father the reason for the closure of his school. The big question is: what atmosphere has been developed in which we are raising our young generation and how long we would continue telling them the tale of terror.