Tips on Talking to Your Kids About Mass Shootings

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising parents on ways to talk to your kids about mass shootings.

Recommendations include:

• 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.

For more information here.

 
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