VT professor: how to talk to kids about tragedies

It can be difficult to decide what to tell your kids about tragic events like a mass shooting.
They may hear about it from friends at school or see it on the news.
A Virginia Tech psychologist says it's important to always answer any questions your child has and to not ignore the issue; let them know they're loved, safe and not alone.
He also says to keep kids away from the television -- it can be hard for them to understand what they're seeing, especially if they're younger.

"Them watching it over and over and over again, not being able to fully understand and appreciate what's going on, not being able to separate reality from something that's happening to others from themselves can be difficult," said licensed psychologist and Virginia Tech professor Dr. Russell T. Jones.

Jones also says the effects from tragedies aren't always immediate on kids, so it's important to check in with teachers, guidance counselors, and other adults involved in their lives.

 

 


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