How to Talk to Your Kids About Tragedy in the News
your child's thoughts. If they ask a question inquire further. Find out
what they know and how they feel about it - don't assume. Kids talk and
have great imaginations - check in with what they know.
your child's feelings with statements such as, " It was a scary event."
Statements such as "Don't worry about it, you don't need to feel scared, or "get over it" are not helpful.
3. The news can make events that are uncommon feel as though they
happen everyday everywhere affecting a child's sense of safety. Talk to
your child about the news, how they focus on such events, and remind
your child such disasters are not as common as the news may make it
4. Get concrete. Talk numbers. For example, how many people
go to the movies everyday, how many movie theaters there are in the
world, how many times your child has been to the movies and has been
safe, how many times you have been to the movies and have been safe.
Remind your child they are safe and why.
5. Keep explanations simple and age appropriate. For children under the age of seven - shield their exposure to the news.
6. Check in with your teens. With technology today it is quit likely
they have been exposed to information regarding the disaster. Talk to
7. Invite your child to get involved in a volunteer project to
help others. This is a great tool in helping deal with disasters.