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The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising parents on ways to talk to your kids about mass shootings.
• Shield children from graphic news coverage and offers tips for talking about disasters.
• Be straightforward but avoid graphic details.
• Because of social media, some children might already have been exposed to details about the shooting. Be prepared to talk about what they've seen and answer questions.
• A sample explanation could involve -- "Yes, in Las Vegas, which is far away from here, there was a disaster and many people were hurt. The police and government are doing their jobs so they can try to make sure that it doesn't happen again."
• For older children, if you decide to let them watch the news, record it ahead of time. That allows parents to preview content. Watch together and allow for discussions.