I really identify with Frida's kid's fears.
As a 6-7 year-old I was fear-fixated with the civil defense nuclear attack sirens (yellow square horns with the "CD" triangle logo on a tall utility pole) that were built in most school yards and parks in the DC area back in the early 1960's. There were TV commercials explaining that a one-minute steady tone meant tune your radio to the same CD logo they used to put on radio dials (63 or 1320 AM). But, a warbling tone mean attack was imminent which I understood to mean that I should prepare for instant death wherever I was - playing in the woods; sledding on the golf course - and there was nothing my mother, or father (who was working 12 miles away in the Pentagon for crying out loud) could do about it. The sirens were tested on the first Wednesday of every month at noon, and they used to scare the living shit out of me since I could not get the thought out of my mind that maybe it was not a drill this time.
Then there was that yellow booklet handed to us to by the teacher give to our parents with a warning not to read it but just give it to our parents. Of course I read it - it provided descriptions of what to expect from a 5 megaton bomb going off nearby and depicted nice backyard fallout shelters with nice white suburban families (in that distinctive 50's-60's commercial-ad-art style of the time) in them doing just fine. At the tender age if 7, it was a real lesson in the definition of "bullshit".
Wasn't the very, very real threat of nuclear annihilation of humanity through the 1960's a far more fear-worthy thing than the statistically tiny chance of a gunman or "Muslim terrorist" visiting Seamus's school nowadays? In my childhood days, the problem was a very real threat of mass human annihilation - but it was grossly downplayed the likes of McNamara and the Gen. Buck Turgisons in the government. In the present day, the problem is just the opposite. Fear-manufacturing corporate media and politicians are wildly exaggerating minor risks of the occasional nut with a gun. But in both times, the objectives were the same.