How Do You Talk to Kids About Mass Shootings and Tragedies? Here Are 3 Important Tips for Parents by Roma Khetarpal
In the wake of the latest mass shooting, here are some tips on how to talk to your kids when tragedy strikes:
- Be honest: Encourage them to talk about their feelings and ask their questions. Pretending these events aren’t a big deal will only confuse them more. While it might be hard for you as an adult to understand what is happening, your children rely on you to be honest with them.
- Make them feel safe and secure: Be their safe haven. Let them know that your home is their sanctuary, and they are safe there.
- Manage exposure to content: Limit the amount of news they see on TV and online. Sometimes a simple, “There are some bad people in the world, but the majority of them are very good,” is enough to ease a child’s mind.
No matter how old children are, they should know that we all come together in times of tragedy. Reach out into your own communities and nationally to get involved with organizations helping victims and families.